Zayed University will continue its hybrid model of learning when it welcomes students back next month.
Online classes began at the university on August 24 with lecture rooms expected to reopen on September 6.
The hybrid model will continue throughout the university’s autumn semester as it deals with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are pleased to launch an enhanced face-to-face and online experience for the benefit of our students and employees this fall,” said Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth and President of Zayed University.
“The hybrid model of education will provide ZU’s students and faculty with innovative ways to engage and complete their academic experience, while adapting to the prevailing scenario in the best way possible – either through in-person learning/work, remote learning/work or a combination of both."
Universities across the UAE are reopening while still offering classes online for any students who do not need to be on campus.
Hussain Al Hammadi, the Minister of Education, said priority would be given to students who needed to use facilities – such as laboratories – on campus.
Mr Al Hammadi said the blended learning programme would be the safest option for students and staff.
Meanwhile, Ms Al Kaabi thanked the faculty at Zayed University for their support in ensuring the students receive the best education in the present circumstances.
The university will also limit capacity to 25 per cent for the first few weeks as it assesses the situation.
Some of the students will be expected to physically return to the university to perform practical work and take part in study programmes, as well as carry out experiments in laboratories.
Lectures, project submissions, short exams, evaluations, oral exams and postgraduate discussions will be conducted online.
Library activities and research work will be performed using a combination of both on-campus and virtual components, for a limited number of hours.
Temperature checks will be mandatory at all entry points.