An easy way to visit a potential university
Translated by Thomas Ansell
During the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, higher education institutions are trying to find news ways to attract students coming September. Normally, April is a month filled with open days and taster courses, but naturally these cannot go ahead under current Coronavirus regulations. As reported by the Omrop Fryslân.
In a small office space just outside of Heeg (Sudwest Fryslân), Hylke Poorting prepares for an online open day: a few minutes later he will begin a presentation about the Sustainable Entrepreneurship course at the University of Groningen’s Campus Fryslân. The presentation isn’t only about the course itself, but also about Leeuwarden as a student city: which feels strange as there is currently nothing to do in the city.
“Yeah, I see that. We are somewhat used to it already: we are of course a fairly new institution, and even before our building opened, we had to recruit students, which we did digitally”, says Poorting.
It’s not just the University of Groningen that is recruiting students digitally, NHL Stenden will be holding a three-day virtual open day, and the Friesland College is allowing potential students to talk to current students over Instagram. Next month, Van Hall Larenstein will also be holding an open day online.
Back in Poorting’s office, the session is beginning. Potential masters students are logging in to ask their questions, and Poorting is being assisted by a remote student. “Naturally, it’s not ideal, but we are used to this sort of recruitment. Lots of our students come from overseas, and wouldn’t be able to come to an open day anyway”, he says.