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November 4, 2020 FAQ

Who can I contact at school if I have questions?

Where can I find updated information from the government regarding the health situation in France?

Why wasn't the September intake totally distanced?

  • We have chosen to maintain a part of the face-to-face teaching in small groups, and in an adapted way, so that our students benefit from the best possible learning conditions.
  • Our approach was to propose to our community a new normality taking into account the health context.
  • We have favored face-to-face teaching whenever possible to allow newcomer students to meet their class and discover their campus.

Did Kedge anticipate the closure of the campuses?

Internal procedures were developed to anticipate scenarios.

A pedagogical continuity plan was implemented as of Friday, October 30 at 8am.

All the courses initially scheduled for face-to-face teaching were switched to distance learning at the same time. They are delivered via the Learn or Teams platforms.

In parallel with the courses, a range of services is also offered with the intervention of the Wellness, Student Office (School/Student relationship) and Learning by Doing teams.

All of these services remain available remotely.

What measures were put in place after the second lockdown?

Within the pedagogical continuity plan, we have set up systems to support and accompany our students remotely during the coming weeks. These systems are designed to ensure personalised follow-up and to set the rhythm of the students' weeks between classes and complementary activities. We do our utmost to avoid dropping out and to identify and follow up on particularly difficult situations.
As of November 3, a sponsorship system has been set up. Each teacher sponsors 30 students with 3 main roles: providing methodological help, pedagogical support and, if necessary, referral to the Wellness unit and its psychological support system.

All the school's departments are mobilized to ensure that no student is left alone, either in his work or in his daily life.

Are there any specific arrangements for students returning to Kedge this year or for international students?

A mentoring system has been put in place for new entrants and international students. It will be provided by student members of the associations' offices in collaboration with the school's administration.

What about work-study programmes?

A mentoring system has also been set up for work-study students by the work-study teams and with the support of work-study supervisors in the companies.

 

Why is there no discount applied to tuition fees when the courses are not in a 100% attendance format?

The value of the diploma awarded by Kedge BS will not be impacted by the digitalization of part of the courses. The same applies to the skills that students will have at the end of their course. The objective of our teaching, i.e. to enable students to enter professional life with the skills to be the managers of tomorrow, will continue to be ensured.
Moreover, contrary to popular belief, digitizing all or part of an education is not "cheaper" than providing face-to-face courses. We invest more time in follow-up and coaching. We have trained 700 permanent and occasional teachers, deployed solutions that allow all exams to be taken online, as well as the possibility of taking courses in synchronous mode (physical courses in remote locations at the same time). We have upgraded our employability support system so that it can also be done remotely thanks to online solutions.
Thanks to these investments, we are able to switch at any time to a total distance or total face-to-face course so that each student, whatever his or her situation, can follow the course in the best possible conditions. At the same time, we maximize interactions with the teaching staff during the moments of presence. Individual teaching time is therefore more important than it used to be.
Finally, we have to face an increase in the operating costs of our campuses imposed by the respect of sanitary measures, which significantly increases the school's fixed costs and adds numerous constraints to our daily operations.

How was Kedge able to continue providing face-to-face classes until October 29th?

We have put in place strict measures in accordance with the requirements of the Regional Health Agency (ARS), the Prefecture and the Ministry of Health, in order to be able to welcome employees, teachers and students in conditions that allow the preservation of their health and safety, and to be able to maintain some of the activities and courses within the school :

    -Wearing masks is mandatory for everyone at all times, in closed and open spaces on campus and within a 50m perimeter around the campuses.
    -Systematic application of barrier gestures throughout the day, and in particular frequent hand hygiene (hydroalcoholic gel dispensers for hand disinfection).
    -The cleaning rhythm was doubled, and contact surfaces are cleaned several times a day (door handles, stair railings, etc.).
    -Implementation of a management of traffic flows, both physical and temporal, in order to avoid too important groupings and crossings between people:
        Concerning the management of physical flows:
    -Direction of traffic indicated throughout the campus and instructions for the use of the elevators (1 person per elevator).
     -Respect of physical distances of 1 meter
     -Installation of furniture in classrooms, cafeteria, outdoor spaces and all collective places so that the physical distance of 1 meter is effectively respected.
       Concerning the temporal management of the flows :
     -Reduction of the number of on-site classes to limit the number of people on site, by setting up a hybrid pedagogical device: rotation of classroom/distance classes.
      -Implementation of a "Present/Distant" rotation system for employees to limit the number of people on campus.

    Specific measures to manage confirmed cases, contact cases and suspicions of COVID19 :
         -Isolation in case of suspicion or positivity of COVID19 , even in the absence of symptoms.
        -Creation of the address covid19@kedgebs.com so that students can register.
        -Accompanying protocol necessary to limit the spread of the virus, neutralize absences and give the possibility to follow the courses at a distance.

The respect of these measures allowed us to limit the spread of the virus within our community.
In addition, we have increased our communication with student associations and staff to make everyone aware of the need to respect barrier gestures on and off campus.

Our close and daily link with the ARS, which monitors the evolution of the indicators that we have communicated to it on a daily basis, has enabled us to remain open in consultation with the Regional Health Agency, the Rectorate and the Prefecture.
Following the presidential address of October 28 and in accordance with the new provisions, we suspended access to our campuses as of October 29, 2020 at 8pm.

International issues

Will students be able to go abroad this year?

International mobility is always possible and is a strong part of the Kedge BS DNA.

Our teams therefore make sure that we can offer this experience to students, while at the same time ensuring that all possible security measures are in place.

We also strongly recommend that our students choose Europe for their experiences abroad, in particular to avoid being isolated in a faraway country with no possibility of returning home.

However, a number of universities in Europe and outside Europe are beginning to cancel or are considering cancelling the next semester and may not accept students in person or may even cancel the exchange.

What about international students on campus?

They continue their studies online just like our French students do. They will have the opportunity to return to their country if they wish and if the government authorizes it, Kedge supports them in this process. They can follow their online courses either from France or from their home country.

Internship issues

What does Kedge do to help students find an internship?

A Webinar is organized on 4/11 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm and career center workshops are available on job teaser.

Other virtual meetings will be scheduled to help students find internships.

What are the possible arrangements for internships?

The current health situation, linked to the COVID19 , has a significant impact on the global economy but also on all national and international travel. In these conditions students are faced with difficulties in finding internships.

Considering the recommendations of MESRI and the constraints of accessibility to internships, KEDGE BS has decided to integrate as a derogation new options to validate the internship(s).

As a reminder :
- The internship(s) is (are) possible if the student is registered in the academic level for which the pedagogical model contains a minimum of 200 hours of classes, including a minimum of 50 hours of face-to-face classes. In the specific COVID19 situation, an exemption is made on the 100% distance learning.
- The internship(s) allow(s) the validation of the "professional experience" requirement and/or
For some ECTS programmes, "international" is the term used.

What are the possible arrangements for internships in France?

The internship can be carried out in person, and/or by partial or total teleworking, whatever the place of residence of the company (National- Europe-International) hosting the trainee.

For mandatory 6 months internships during the academic year: the duration may be reduced to a minimum of 4 months if and only if the missions entrusted are in line with the educational expectations of the programme.

 

 

 

   

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