Geneva Business School Action Plan for Fall 2021
The Fall 2021 Action Plan for Geneva Business School
A responsible return to campus
The Management team at Geneva Business School has devised an Action Plan to outline how the current global pandemic situation will affect the delivery of our programs for the coming school year. Here we outline the Action Plan for our return to campus, responsibly, and with the utmost care for our community at the forefront of our planning and infrastructure.
We have four areas of focus in the following outline of our approach to providing a safe, healthy, and positive environment at all Geneva Business School campuses. Health and Safety Infrastructure will outline the measures taken for our campuses and community to ensure we protect the health of everyone as they return to work and school. Academics and Research will detail the way our classes will be delivered for the short term and how our Staff and Faculty will support students during this transition. Students and Campus Life gives a list of resources and services available to everyone who may need assistance from Geneva Business School in order to resume their studies in the Fall semester. General Information will serve as a guide to find updates as the situation progresses and contacts for anyone who requires further information or assistance.
Health and Safety Infrastructure
Geneva Business School has adjusted each campus and its hygiene protocol following recommendations from the World Health Organization as well as central and local government guidelines. From August 2021:
- Masks are available at reception and must be worn at all times. For Switzerland: if you are fully vaccinated and own a COVID-19 passport, this rule does not apply
- Temperature checking will be taken upon entry with a non-contact infrared thermometer (Spain only)
- Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the campus
- Compulsory use of face masks at all times throughout the campus
- Social distancing is to be practiced in classrooms and common areas
- Medical care will be made available through your insurance
- All campuses will be cleaned and sanitized throughout each day
- In Switzerland: All classrooms are equipped with air purifiers
If a student, faculty, or staff member feels unwell or displays symptoms such as fever, nausea, headache, loss of smell or taste, or any other COVID-19-related symptoms they need to stay at home and contact a medical center or doctor for advice and please contact Student Services on your campus. Once PCR test results are received a notification should be made to the school in order for us to act according to the health and safety regulations set in place by the Ministry of Health.
If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms, care, or how it may affect you please refer to our Coronavirus Page. As always your Student Services Manager is always available for any concerns you have or questions if you are unsure or need support.
In addition to this, we have formed an Action Plan Taskforce to ensure you have a point of contact on campus and in each department of the school. These people can be reached via email:
- Chloé Plews - Operations Manager (Spain)
- Christophe Genevay - Student Services (Geneva)
- Paloma Simonpietri - Student Services (Barcelona)
- Andrada Maier - Academic Dean (Geneva)
- Megan Shapleigh - Academic Dean (Barcelona)
- Hector Martín Sampedro - Campus Director & Academic Dean (Madrid)
- Nicola Jackman - Campus Director (Spain)
- Sébastien Troyon - Campus Director (Switzerland)
Academics and Research
All classes will resume on all three campuses in August following a hybrid classroom model, whereby classes will be held on campus with some students joining remotely via Google Meet. All of our campuses have been fitted with live streaming cameras and touchscreens in every classroom.
For our institution, the opportunity to provide an improved learning experience ensures that more effective training will take place and that we deliver on our goal of high-quality education.
All Faculty will be using a flipped classroom model, meaning that theoretical learning will be taken out of the "physical" classroom and into the digital arena. This aspect of the learning journey will be shared with students in advance, using digital tools like Loom so that your teacher can continue to present their work, via your Google classrooms. This will be particularly beneficial for those who encounter travel or visa restrictions since you will be able to keep up to date with your studies.
The "physical" classroom will become our "laboratory", a space where theoretical knowledge is brought to life and applied to the real world. Students will be able to join in either via live-stream, for those of you who are in the same or a similar time-zone, on campus - following government social distancing guidance - or, catch up with the classroom learning at a later time via the Google Meet recording. This last option will be available for those students who are unable to travel and are living in a different time-zone. During regular class time-slots, students will work together on projects, case studies, and debates - making use of a wide range of digital tools in order to collaborate with colleagues both in the classroom and across the world. Mentorship and coaching via our Company Profile classes will continue and will be tailored to suit each individual’s needs, at a time that suits both the student and professor.
We will also be taking advantage of the new opportunities that this digital age has brought us by sharing some specialization classes cross-campus. Students taking sector specialization courses will be able to learn from professors across the European network of campuses and make valuable global connections with colleagues in their sector.
Student and Campus Life
We look forward to welcoming all new and returning students in August and September. As the global health situation is fluid, we too must be flexible. Many students will return to campus in the Fall, however, some may encounter difficulties returning to their campus city. These students will be able to start their semester virtually and come back to campus whenever they are permitted to do so, as classes will continue virtually for as long as students need.
Student Services can help students with arranging medical visits, accommodation, PCR tests, vaccination appointments, and any other issues they need to solve. Ongoing support for concerned students and parents will gladly be provided via Student Services.
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Our Campuses are ready for your return in Fall!
Geneva Business School monitors information from local authority sources in Switzerland and Spain and continuously updates our website and community. We will continue to communicate via direct email and our website to give the latest advice and regulations regarding the COVID-19 situation in both Switzerland and Spain. As always refer to the Latest Updates on our Coronavirus Page.
We thank you for your continued confidence in Geneva Business School and look forward to seeing you back on campus in the Fall.