28 January 2021

Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Situation in the Netherlands and the EU

Due to concerns about the UK variant and other variants of the virus, the Dutch government has tightened the preventive measures. A night-time curfew is in place, there is strict advice on visitor numbers and further restrictions have been introduced to limit international travel. Rules such as working from home unless it is impossible, avoiding busy places, staying 1.5 meters apart and wearing a face mask at indoor public places still apply to everyone. At The Hague Academy, our staff members are working from home.

European Union starts lifting travel restrictions for residents of some third countries

The EU Council adopted a recommendation on the gradual lifting of restrictions on travel into the EU. A number of countries are listed in the recommendation, with this list being reviewed and updated every two weeks.

As per the latest update on exemptions from travel restrictions (28 January 2021), EU states should gradually lift the travel restrictions for the following third countries:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity

The criteria to determine the third countries for which the current travel restriction should be lifted includes the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social considerations. Learn more.

Open subscription courses

First semester 2021

As restrictions on international travel continue to be in place across the globe, we have redesigned all of our face-to-face courses taking place during the first half of 2021 into a blended format (partly online and partly face-to-face).

The blended courses consist of an online learning module of 32 hours, distributed throughout six weeks, and a face-to-face module, scheduled to take place in The Hague, the Netherlands during the spring/summer of 2021. The online learning module provides you with the opportunity to start the learning experience as soon as possible. During the last year, our online courses have been highly appreciated for their interactive character. The combination of discussion groups, interactive live sessions and self-paced activities have proven to be a valuable source of knowledge development.

In the event that the situation does not allow for the face-to-face part of the course to take place as planned, we will be obliged to change the whole course to an online version. If there are any changes in the course set-up we will inform all registered participants immediately. Depending on their source of funding, we will also inform them of their possibilities of either postponing or canceling the course.

Second semester 2021

At The Hague Academy, we are closely following the rules, regulations and guidelines regarding Covid-19, as set out by the Dutch Government. This includes the regulations regarding international travel, group size and other measures. In the event that the situation does not allow for the face-to-face courses scheduled during this period to take place, we will be obliged to adjust the format of the course. Of course, meeting the participants in person is our first choice and we are hopeful that this will be possible.

If there are any changes in the course set-up we will inform all registered participants immediately. Depending on their source of funding, we will also inform them of their possibilities of either postponing or canceling the course.

Tailor-made training

Due to the circumstances, our training offer is moving online. We are going beyond the traditional webinars and have developed several interactive learning programmes. In these programmes, we combine presentations from experts with individual assignments, group work, games, video tours to study visits, individual coaching, and live events.

Our trainers put a lot of effort into designing scripted content and deliver intensive e-facilitation. So far, they facilitated tailor-made, online courses for participants based in Jordan, Sudan, Uganda, Somalia, Iran and Afghanistan. With our tailor-made, interactive approach, we make sure each individual participant stays engaged from start to end and create an optimal learning impact. To request tailor-made training, please email us at info@thehagueacademy.com

Practical information

Our online platform is easily accessible, even with low Internet speed. The time investment for participants varies from two to eight hours a week. Are you interested in a customised course? We are happy to advise you. You can contact us at info@thehagueacademy.com.

For more information about the virus in The Netherlands, please refer to the website of the Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

Our team will continuously monitor the situation and will inform you in case there is a change in the measures outlined above.

Further reading

To learn more about how the online shift is going at The Hague Academy, click here.

 

 

 

For a closer look at our online LED-course, read: Learning Local Economic Development at a distance

 

 

 

For more information about the role of local governments in combatting an epidemic, read the story about Monrovia.