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On September 14, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) started a new academic year for all higher education programs. The educational process resumed in full-time format for the first time after it was transferred to an electronic environment on March 23 this year in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection. Classes are organized in compliance with the requirements established by special recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor (Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing).
More than 17,500 students began the new academic year at FEFU at all levels and forms of education. Almost 5,300 applicants from 71 constituent entities of the Russian Federation were enrolled in the first year, of which more than 3,000 were in the areas of Bachelor's Degree and Specialist’s Degree programs. More than 1,800 people entered the Master’s Degree programs, 170 for Residency, and Postgraduate studies.
Before the start of the academic year, FEFU strengthened measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection. The entrance to the hotel and educational and administrative buildings is possible only in masks. At the same time, the university provides everyone with reusable masks, and at the entrance to the educational buildings, you can get a disposable one.
Persons with signs of infectious diseases (fever, cough, runny nose) will not be admitted to the university. To monitor the health of visitors at the entrances to all buildings, thermometry is organized in a non-contact way, including using mobile automatic terminals. Hand sanitizers are located everywhere, information boards display COVID-19 prevention reminders, and special markings on the floor remind you of the need to maintain social distance.
International students who were unable to come to FEFU due to closed borders due to the coronavirus pandemic will study online. The academic year began for them in full accordance with the curriculum. According to the Office of FEFU Vice-President for International Relations, in the first weeks of the new academic year, the staff of the Center of International Admissions plans to hold online meetings for first-year students from abroad. International students who studied online in the spring of 2020 will share their experience with compatriots and tell how life is organized on the campus and in its virtual environment.
An important stage preceding the beginning of the academic year was the settlement of nonresident students in the hotel buildings of the campus and the mainland dormitories of FEFU. This year, the process takes place with some peculiarities to preserve the health of students.
An innovation of the school year was electronic passes. It is now possible to enter the hotel, educational, and administrative buildings by showing the guard the phone screen with the open page of the My University portal. Regular plastic passes can also be issued upon request.