Written examinations with more than 50 candidates may not take place face-to-face (on campus) throughout the entire examination period ending 10 April 2021. This decision was taken by the Executive Board of Technische Universität Berlin on 3 February 2021 upon the recommendation of the Crisis Committee. Prior to this, there had been a number of intensive consultations with the state of Berlin and the city’s other institutions of higher education. Smaller written examinations may take place face-to-face (i.e. in rooms on campus), provided that no more than 20 candidates are present in a room. These regulations reflect the current Berlin ordinance to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
“We have informed our teaching staff of these regulations, requesting them to keep to the scheduled dates and find alternative formats, particularly for exams with larger numbers of candidates. We recommend online written examinations using ISIS, whereby reference material may be used (open-book exams). Examiners will inform their students about the format of exams. Other options may include oral examinations and term papers. Postponing written examinations to the summer semester in the hope they can then take place face-to-face is not a viable option,” said vice president for education, digitalization, and sustainability Professor Hans-Ulrich Heiß in his most recent information letter to students.
Summer semester 2021
Given the uncertainty of the current situation, summer semester 2021 is also being planned as a digital semester. Exceptions will apply for practical format courses and classes. However, the Executive Board will do everything possible to open the campus and its study spaces as soon as the infection rate permits. Any such decisions will be taken in agreement with the city’s other universities and the Berlin Senate.
The Executive Board would like to wish students and teaching staff a successful examination period.
- Information letter to all TU students of 8 February 2021
- Information letter from the Crisis Committee and the Executive Board to all staff of 3 February 2021
- YouTube video with TU vice president Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Heiß regarding the winter semester 2020/2021 examination period