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The university is going to be closed from Tuesday March 17th, as a response to the pandemic.

Information and Commitments during the Covid 19 pandemic

Status: 24.03.2020

By joining forces and acting calmly, informed and responsibly, we can contribute our share to slow down the spread of the virus. #FlattenTheCurve!

How the closing affects exams and ongoing courses:

  • Classroom teaching and study will not take place until May 4th 2020 in order to counteract the further spread of the coronavirus. If you participate in an ongoing course or seminar, your instructor will inform you whether the course will transition to an online format.
  • The first contact in all examination matters is from now on preferably only possible via email or telephone. Please use <last name>@ps-mint.uni-saarland.de. The person in charge will then inform you about the further procedure.
  • Examinations will not take place at least until April 24th 2020. This implies that all written exams will be postponed to a later date. In due time, the instructors of courses with postponed exams will contact their students with updates on re-scheduling of the exam.
  • In urgent individual cases, the examiners may decide in agreement with the students concerned whether an oral examination may be conducted via video conference. Please contact the instructor of a given course if your individual case does not allow you to wait for the results of an exam that is re-scheduled at a date after April 24th.
  • If you want to submit a thesis during the closing, please send an electronic version in PDF format to the examination office and to your reviewers. You will have to hand in the written copies, following the usual procedure, after re-opening of the university.
  • Students can informally apply for an extension of the deadline at the Examination Office, giving a short explanation of the reason. The board of examiners or the chairperson will continue to make the decision. In view of the very difficult situation, a fair decision can be assumed.
  • The processing times of ongoing theses (such as term papers, Bachelor’s thesis, Master’s thesis, state examination thesis) will be adjusted. I.e., your deadline for submission of your thesis will be postponed according to the closing period.
  • Mensas, cafeterias, shops, restaurants, libraries, university sports events are suspended for the time being.
  • All members of the university are subject to a general ban on business trips (national and international), except for urgent, unavoidable appointments within the Saarland. Students and lecturers of the University must postpone study trips (already planned or scheduled for the coming semester) until further notice. Direct costs which have already been incurred or which arise due to the cancellation can be recovered from the relevant budgetary unit.

Effects on the summer semester:

  • Enrollment deadline for the summer semester 2020 postponed to 08.05.2020 for the following Bachelor and Master programmes: Informatik/Computer Science, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Eingebettete Systeme/Embedded Systems, Visual Computing, Medieninformatik, Bioinformatik, Cybersicherheit/Entrepreneurial Cybersecurity, Mathematik und Informatik, Mathematik
  • The start of courses has been postponed to Monday, May 4th.
  • We expect that the same set of courses will be offered as during a regular summer semester. Courses might be offered using online formats, rather than in a presence mode, at least during the first weeks of the new semester.
  • In response to the delayed start of the course time, instructors might offer online materials before May 4th that you can use for preparation while the university is closed. If so, you can find these materials on the course’s web page that is linked through LSF.
  • Like in this semester, you can use the SIC seminar assignment system to register for seminars. The system will be available for students starting from April 7th. The deadline for registration is April 17th.
  • As of now, we expect that exams for courses in the summer semester will be scheduled at the usual periods during the summer term break.
  • We are aware of the problems that the current situation is generating for incoming international students. We are working on a solution for freshmen enrolment. In case of questions, please directly contact the Studierendensekretariat or Welcome Center. For all admitted students of the master’s programmes Computer Science, Visual Computing, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Embedded Systems, we highly recommend to postpone the start of your studies to the winter term 2020/21.

How the closing affects research:

  • Research work is to be organized in such a way that no presence at the university locations is necessary. These locations also include the research laboratories of the university in external premises, such as in particular in buildings of the UKS.
  • The maintenance of important research infrastructures must be ensured, such as the maintaining experimental animals and equipment important for emergency operation. Critical research activities will be conducted as far as possible in coordination with the FM department. Please report the persons to be contacted in case of an emergency to Arbeitsschutz@uni-saarland.de.
  • Critical research activities are defined as activities related to research on the current corona pandemic and clinically relevant diagnostics. In addition, critical research activities include research activities that are difficult to reorganize in the long term, the interruption of which would lead to the loss of essential, sensitive data or to severe impairment of particularly complex scientific and also clinical studies.

For further updates, please regularly check:

  • Corona-related updates of Saarland University
  • and information posted on webpages of courses that you took this winter semester or courses you plan to take in the summer semester.

Should you have questions, please always check these resources first, to avoid overburdening our study coordinators! Otherwise please contact the study coordinators via e-mail.

Keep in mind: The fewer people fall ill at the same time, the better the people affected can be treated in our hospitals. This is why the infection curve must be lowered as much as possible in an effort to reduce the mortality rate by giving our health system enough time to care for and heal the patients. Physical Isolation is the most effective measure to contain the pandemic and the best way to reduce the infection rate. So, if possible, stay at home! Reduce contact with people outside your family or direct household to the absolute minimum and only leave your home if absolutely necessary.

Dr. Tanja Breinig
Study Coordination
+49 (0)681 302-58092
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 3, R.209
66123 Saarbrücken
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Provisional exit restriction for Saarland:

  • Citizens are urged to reduce contacts with other people outside the members of their own household to an absolutely necessary minimum.

  • In public, wherever possible, a minimum distance of at least 1.5 m must be kept from persons other than those mentioned under 1.
    Staying in public places is only permitted alone, with another person not living in the household or in the circle of members of one’s own household.

  • The way to work, emergency care, shopping, visits to the doctor, participation in meetings, necessary appointments and examinations, help for other or individual sports and exercise in the fresh air as well as other necessary activities remain of course possible.

  • Groups of people celebrating in public places, in apartments and private facilities are unacceptable in view of the serious situation in our country. Violations of the contact restrictions should be monitored by the regulatory authorities and the police and sanctions should be imposed in case of violations.

  • Catering establishments will be closed. This does not include the delivery and collection of take-away food for consumption at home.
    Personal hygiene service providers such as hairdressers, beauty salons, massage parlours, tattoo studios and similar establishments will be closed because physical proximity is essential in this area. Medically necessary treatments remain possible.

  • In all establishments and especially those open to the public, it is important to comply with hygiene regulations and implement effective protective measures for employees and visitors.

  • These measures should be valid for at least two weeks.

What can you do to prevent infection?

  • Wash your hands regularly (for at least 20 seconds) and avoid shaking hands.
  • Sneeze and cough in the crook of your arm.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • If possible, keep a sufficient distance from others (1.5 – 2 metres) and avoid crowds or confined spaces (e.g. lifts or public transport).
  • Ventilate regularly at your workplace.
  • Dispose of used tissues quickly.

What to do if you notice symptoms?

  • If you notice symptoms such as dry cough, fever, cold or severe fatigue, stay at home and contact your doctor by phone. Stay in bed, drink plenty of fluids and avoid physical activity.
  • Reduce contact with other people as much as possible and wear a protective mask that covers your mouth and nose when you meet other people (members of the household or when visiting a doctor).
  • Avoid any contact with babies, children, elderly people or people with serious chronic diseases.

What can you do to prevent infection?

  • Wash your hands regularly (for at least 20 seconds) and avoid shaking hands.
  • Sneeze and cough in the crook of your arm.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • If possible, keep a sufficient distance from others (1.5 – 2 metres) and avoid crowds or confined spaces (e.g. lifts or public transport).
  • Ventilate regularly at your workplace.
  • Dispose of used tissues quickly.

What to do if there is a suspected infection with the virus?

  • If you notice symptoms such as dry cough, fever, cold or severe fatigue, stay at home and contact your doctor by phone. Stay in bed, drink plenty of fluids and avoid physical activity.
  • Reduce contact with other people as much as possible and wear a protective mask that covers your mouth and nose when you meet other people (members of the household or when visiting a doctor).
  • Avoid any contact with babies, children, elderly people or people with serious chronic diseases.

For further information about the virus please see here:

 

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Das Projekt Tandem an der Universität des Saarlandes verfolgt das Ziel, die für eine wirtschaftliche oder industrielle Verwertung interessanten Forschungsergebnisse der saarländischen Informatik und der Max-Planck Institute durch einen Inkubationsprozess soweit weiterzuentwickeln, dass entweder Investoren die Produkte kaufen oder lizenzieren, oder neue Unternehmen im Saarland gegründet werden. Begleitende Aktivitäten im Projekt umfassen nationale und internationale Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Maßnahmen zur Förderung des Technologietransfers im Allgemeinen sowie Formate zur Nachwuchsakquise im Bereich der Informatik. Das Projekt Tandem trägt dazu bei, die saarländische Informatik und den Wirtschaftsstandort Saarland zu stärken.