On 18 September 2020, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, Terje Theodor Nervik, visited the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice. The ambassador wanted to verify the conditions under which Norwegian students will study in the new academic year. Many students and their parents contact the embassy in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. They are worried if they can come and, if necessary, leave. They are curious about the current situation in Slovakia and measures related to health protection.
Accompanied by Mariann Ruud Hagen and Lívia Cseres, the Norwegian Ambassador met with the university leadership. Rector Jana Mojžišová, vice-rector for Education Martin Tomko and other vice-rectors informed about the measures, strict hygienic rules and the organization of the new academic year. It starts at UVMF on Monday, September 21st. The rector of UVMP assured the Norwegian ambassador that the school is doing its utmost for the safety of the students.
Norwegian students passed the state exams in person or at a distance. "Online statesmen were also broadcast on the university's website," explained UVMP vice-rector Martin Tomko. Similarly, the university tried to maintain itself when organizing graduations. "We tried to follow academic traditions as much as possible. Parents of Norwegian students could see their children in a festive moment via live broadcast," added rector Jana Mojžišová.
In the new academic year, teaching will take place in a combined way - through online lectures and face-to-face practical exercises. "For some students, this new way of education is a challenge and a space for personal development. I see it as another benefit," said Terje Theodor Nervik. He appreciated that the university has a very detailed system of measures and rules that students must follow and that it constantly communicates with them.
At the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice, 101 students from Norway study in the joint bachelor's program Animal Science. Of these, 74 complete the first part at the partner Nord University in Bodø and 27 the second part in Košice. Among the 286 students in the General Veterinary Medicine program in English, there are 85 students from Norway, six of them are newly admitted to the first year.