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KU vs. COVID-19

The time of the coronavirus pandemic is a huge test for everyone. Organizations had to switch rapidly to a new way of functioning, change their strategies, adapt to new challenges. For us COVID-19 was an additional incentive to create “a new school for a new world”. Our entire community – researchers, lecturers, and administrative staff alike, supported by students’ approval and willingness to collaborate, has engaged with great commitment in digital transformation in its broadest sense.

Digital transformation

When in March 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic at the national level a decision was made to suspend classes at universities, within a few days we transformed the course of study into a virtual form. Our goal was to provide students with immediate continuity of classes at the highest possible level. With the enormous effort of our teaching staff and IT staff, we quickly launched a remote learning mode. In the first days we trained our employees practically nonstop to know how to effectively implement remote learning.

At the end of March, 90 to 100% classes were held online, depending on the type of studies. Every day, the university delivered an average of 132 online lectures and exercises.

KU community vs. COVID-19

The crisis of the pandemic triggered a great deal of energy in the team forming our organization. It resulted in many activities, often spontaneous and grassroots, which our community has undertaken for the benefit of students, pupils, teachers, seniors, hospitals and business.

During the closing period of the schools and universities we organized online classes in Polish and English to help high school graduates and students prepare for the baccalaureate and other exams. We supported teachers in conducting social studies. We offered assistance in adapting their lessons to the online formula.

With entrepreneurs and managers, including KU alumni, together with partner companies, we have created a free platform of business support (askexpert).

Our academics actively participated in the media debate, sharing their knowledge about the possible effects of the pandemic and commenting on the situation on an ongoing basis. 

KU students and employees could benefit from psychological support. We joined in helping Warsaw seniors as well as retired KU employees. We also raised funds for a respirator for the Praski Hospital in Warsaw.

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Online ready

In the face of an uncertain epidemic situation and as a result of our use of innovative technological and organizational solutions we prepared the university for various scenarios. Starting from the optimistic variant, when all classes can be held at the university under a sanitary regime, through the hybrid variant, a combination of online and offline education, to the most pessimistic variant, when it is necessary to conduct all classes in a virtual environment.