Cambridge becomes first university to move all lectures online till 2021

WION Web Team
London, England Published: May 20, 2020, 11.15 AM(IST)

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Other universities around the world have said they'll stick with online classes until January 2021, or delay the start of the the academic year.

Cambridge University has become the first university in the world to axe all face-to-face lectures until summer 2021 due to to the coronavirus pandemic.

The university said lectures would continue virtually until summer 2021, while it may be possible for smaller teaching groups to take place in person if it “conforms to social-distancing requirements”.

University campuses have been closed this term because of the Covid-19 outbreak. Cambridge will review the decision if advice on social distancing changes.

A statement from it read: "The university is constantly adapting to changing advice as it emerges during this pandemic.

"Given that it is likely that social distancing will continue to be required, the university has decided there will be no face-to-face lectures during the next academic year.

"Lectures will continue to be made available online and it may be possible to host smaller teaching groups in person, as long as this conforms to social distancing requirements. 

"This decision has been taken now to facilitate planning, but as ever, will be reviewed should there be changes to official advice on coronavirus."

All teaching at the university was moved online in March, while exams are being carried out virtually.

Other universities around the world have said they'll stick with online classes until January 2021, or delay the start of the the academic year.

The higher education sector globally is currently weighing concerns over the safety of students and faculty should campuses reopen this fall against substantial financial losses should doors remain shut. 

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