The University of Cambridge is moving all classes online for the upcoming academic year, until the summer of 2021, the university announced on Tuesday, according to the UK Press Association.
Cambridge is the first British university to announce virtual teaching for the 2020-21 academic year.
“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,” a university spokesman told PA.
In-person lectures are expected to resume again after summer 2021, but smaller face-to-face teaching groups may take place earlier if it “conforms to social-distancing requirements,” the spokesman said.
There are also several campuses in Kenya which have resorted to online teaching as a way of dealing with the current COVID-19 situation. A number are also keen on coming up with new ways of preventing the spread of the virus. One such campus is Egerton University whose scientist Dr. George Owino has developed a COVID-19 sample collection booth that will allow people to get tested without having to come into direct contact with medical professionals.
The sample collection booth has already been donated to Nakuru Level Five Hospital on Friday, 15 May 2020 in readiness for mass testing in Nakuru County. Among those present during the donation was the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Rose A. Mwonya and Head of Clinical Services at the hospital, Dr. Joseph Keryo.
The booth made of acrylic (a type of transparent plastic) and embedded sealed rubber gauntlet gloves will allow medical professionals to collect nasal and throat samples contact-free thus minimizing interactions with potential COVID-19 patients. It is easily cleaned and sanitized between each medical use and will eliminate use of the costly single-use personal protective equipment (PPE).
Another important innovation in the country’s history is a locally assembled ventilator by 16 Kenyatta University students.