Fall 2021 update on SSE Corona information
We aim for a full return to campus as soon as circumstances allow, but the fall semester will kick off in hybrid mode.
Education at SSE during the first teaching period (August 30 through October 15) will be either hybrid (a combination of online and on-campus) or fully online, depending on courses. Some courses and course elements may be conducted only on-campus.
The SSE fall semester starts on August 30 and for first-year students on all program levels, the introduction week takes place August 23-29. Students are strongly recommended to be present in Stockholm for both the introduction week and the fall semester as we are planning to resume campus-based education as much and quickly as possible under current restrictions.
The SSE campus is open and welcomes students and teachers, but with firm restrictions on conduct while on the premises. The beginning of the fall semester is a critical period, and to avoid contagion, the Stockholm School of Economics urges everyone to follow our hygiene regulations. Physical distancing is at the heart of our corona strategy to secure a safe environment for all while on campus. Always keep physical distance to other people, this applies across the entire campus. The use of face masks is not mandatory on SSE campus, but we welcome everyone who would like to wear one out of own choice.
In the SSE return-to-work policy, we are advocating for a cautious approach. We will stay in line with national recommendations and revise accordingly when applicable. Each department is establishing return-to-work plans. Business-critical operations prioritizing student-related work will be allowed on campus through September. Meeting rooms and coffee areas have adapted maximum number of people allowed simultaneously, and class rooms will only be using half of the seating capacity in each room.
Summary of how Sweden handles the Covid-19 pandemic
In Swedish society there is, in general, a relatively strong trust in government agencies. The general public and private actors tend to follow the advice of the agencies responsible. The Swedish government has presented many different measures in several areas to fight the coronavirus. Independent expert government agencies make recommendations, the government makes decisions. The decisions aim to:
- limit the spread of infection in the country
- ensure healthcare resources are available
- limit the impact on critical services
- mitigate the effects on people and businesses
- ease concern, for example by providing information
Sweden’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is about taking the right measures at the right time, because different measures are effective at different points in time. The country’s response is also partly based on voluntary action and Swedish inhabitants are expected to follow recommendations from the government and health authorities. For example, rather than enforce a nationwide lockdown, the authorities give recommendations: to stay home if you have any symptoms, to keep a distance to others, to avoid public transport if possible, etc. In line with above, Sweden is not demanding vaccine passports to enter public events or venues such as cafés and restaurants.