This page is created to communicate all new measures and decisions taken by the university, as related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
Students and stakeholders are encouraged to check this page on a regular basis for the latest updates and communications regarding the University’s official position in relation to COVID-19 developments.
Stemming from our vision and mission, and in line with our core values which include social responsibility and community engagement, the university has donated 10,000 BD towards the ‘Feena Khair’ (There is good in us) campaign launched by HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Humanitarian Foundation (RFH).
Ahlia University has always believed in the importance of community engagement, and the need to make a positive impact on society, through philanthropic activities and other means, especially during these difficult times as society combats the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Within this context, Ahlia University announced a discount to current students on their tuition fees, and launched a 50% scholarship scheme dedicated for Front Line workers and their children (new applicants) in appreciation of their vital role in combatting the coronavirus.
Front line workers, and their children, including staff from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Interior, and Ministry of Defense are eligible for this partial scholarship in all undergraduate programmes.
Ahlia University thanks all front line workers – Our Heroes!
In a recent meeting of the Government Executive Committee, chaired by HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, His Royal Highness reiterated that safeguarding the health of all the citizens and residents remains the Kingdom’s top priority. The Government Executive Committee issued a new set of decisions, effective today (Thursday 23 April) from 7pm.
Effective from 19h00 on 23 April 2020 until 07 May 2020, the following will be implemented:
- Movie theatres, commercial sports gymnasiums, fitness studios, swimming pools, and centres for recreational activities and Salons will remain closed;
- Shisha Cafes, and services offered by these cafes, are limited to takeout and delivery of food only;
- Restaurants, tourist facilities and locations serving food are to remain limited to external orders and delivery services;
- All non-essential medical services provided by private health clinics are to remain suspended;
- The first hour of grocery store openings remains dedicated to the elderly and pregnant women;
- Public gatherings are to remain limited to 5 individuals or fewer. Individuals are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, and only leave home when necessary;
- Face masks are to be worn by all citizens and residents when in public;
- Commercial and industrial enterprises providing goods or services directly to customers are to be limited to online sales and deliveries;
- Telecom service centres will provide customer services under necessary circumstances, while abiding by social distancing measures.
The following preventative measures were reiterated:
• Iftar (breaking fast) should be limited to small family gatherings
• Refraining from organising and/or attending Ramadan Majlises and Ghabga’s
• Refraining from hosting public Iftar banquets
• Refraining from Gerga’oun and Weda’ gatherings
• Refrain from the public distribution of iftar packages
• Zakat Al-Fitr kiosks will be replaced with electronic platforms and applications for the collection and distribution of Zakat Al-Fitr
Additionally, the committee decided that the following commercial and industrial businesses providing goods or services directly to customers will continue to operate as usual:
- Hypermarkets, supermarkets, cold stores, butchers, as well as stores that sell vegetables, fish or meat;
- All forms of bakeries;
- Natural gas fueling stations and liquid fueling stations
- Hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and opticians;
- Banks and money exchange agencies;
- Factories and manufacturing enterprises;
- Administrative offices of enterprises whose activities do not involve direct interaction with customers;
- Enterprises that export, import or distribute goods;
- Automotive workshops and garages, and shops that sell spare parts;
- Enterprises in the construction and maintenance sector.
The Government Executive Committee concluded by reiterating the importance of following established public health guidelines, which have been issued to preserve the health and safety of citizens and residents during the holy month of Ramadan and beyond.
The National Task Force for Combating the Coronavirus is doubling its dedicated efforts to combat the coronavirus through a proactive approach that focuses on the health and safety of all the citizens and residents of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Within this context, and following the most recent report raised by the National Task Force for Combating the Coronavirus, the Government Executive Committee has issued a new set of decisions, effective today (Thursday 9 April) from 7pm.
The University Council in its meeting no. UC/07/2019-20 held on Wednesday 1st April 2020 decided the following with regards to the assessments of the students enrolled in Ahlia master programmes during the Second Semester 2019/2020 in the light of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) situation:
القرار رقم: UC / 1998/07 / 2029-20
تقييم طلبة الماجستير خلال فترة فيروس كورونا (COVID-19)
قرر مجلس الجامعة في جلسته رقم (UC / 07 / 2019-20) المنعقدة يوم الأربعاء 1 أبريل 2020 ما يلي:
فيما يتعلق بتقييم طلبة الماجستير خلال الفصل الدراسي الثاني 2019/2020 في ضوء الإجراءات المترتبة خلال فترة فيروس كورونا (COVID-19) :
The Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain is continuously monitoring the coronavirus situation in the country through the Executive Committee that is chaired by HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Within this context, our E-Government has recently launched an application (BeAware Bahrain) which is available on the Google Play store and the Apple App store. This mobile application is an innovation that will allow you to enable location tracking on your mobile phone, and receive notifications (if any) in case you were approaching a location where an active (Coronavirus) case is detected, or if you happened to be in close proximity to a confirmed active case. The application will also provide you with information and statistics on COVID-19 developments.
For more information, please visit: https://apps.bahrain.bh/CMSWebApplication/action/ShowAppDetailsAction?selectedAppID=321&appLanguage=en
Stay home and stay safe.
Following the announcement of the first coronavirus case in Bahrain, Ahlia University took swift action to ensure the health and safety of the Ahlia community on-campus. The frequency of cleaning was increased, to ensure all surfaces are cleaned thoroughly and more frequently to minimize the chance of spread and/or infection. Additionally, hand sanitizer stations were installed at various points throughout the campus, and staff at university gates were equipped with no-contact thermo-guns to measure and log the temperatures of staff maintaining duty on-campus.
The campus remains coronavirus-free. The number of hand sanitizer stations was recently increased, and the number of telecommuting staff (working remotely from home) has seen a substantial increase - more than 50% of staff - following President Decision (15) of the Year 2020.
أتفهم مشاعر القلق التي تراودكم بشأن عملية تقييمكم والدرجات المتعلقة بذلك. كما تعلمون فإن هناك خيارات مختلفة متاحة تحافظ على مصالح ومكتسبات الطلبة ولقد اطلعنا على عدة مقترحات لجامعات محلية وخليجية وعالمية. عليه، أود أن أطمئنكم بأن الجامعة حريصة كل الحرص على اتخاذ كل ما فيه مصلحة الطلبة بتفهم تام للصعوبات الناتجة عن الظرف الراهن وسوف نوافيكم بالقرار في القريب العاجل. أرجو منكم الاستمرار في حضور المحاضرات والتواصل مع أساتذتكم وعمل الواجبات. كما أرجو منكم المحافظة على صحتكم والتقيد بالتوجيهات الرسمية.
أ.د. منصور العالي
It has been one month since suspension of face-to-face classes. This was a purely precautionary/preventive measure enacted by the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and since then, many other parts of the world have followed-suit, with the unfolding of coronavirus-related developments and its spread across national borders. Nevertheless, Ahlia University is in its 4th week of online webinar-style course delivery, and you should be following and “attending” all your registered courses online. For the time being, no exams or tests will be administered, however, you may be given assignments and projects to work on as part of your assessment.
The University is deliberating over possible final exam assessment alternatives, in order to safeguard students’ rights whilst ensuring the integrity of the learning process and fairness to the students in these exceptional circumstances. After consultation with the senior management team, and following a recent meeting of the Ahlia University Steering Committee for Learning Continuity (Coronavirus-related Developments), it was agreed that international exchange students would be allowed to return to their home country, whilst maintaining enrollment at Ahlia University, for the rest of the semester through continuing to follow and attend classes online via e-learning platforms.
If you decide that you would like to exercise this option and return to your home country, whilst maintaining enrollment at Ahlia University, you are kindly asked to inform the Directorate of International Relations in order to maintain records and support you where possible.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Your safety and well-being are our primary concern.
You may also refer to the University’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage (https://www.ahlia.edu.bh/covid-19/) or contact the newly established Student Support Call Centre for any technical issues related to your course and academic journey. The Student Support Call Centre’s operating hours are Sunday-Thursday between 8 am – 6 pm [+(973) 17313503 or +(973) 17313504].
The Directorate of International Relations
In line with national efforts and precautionary measures enacted to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and with the health and safety of the Ahlia University community in mind, the Ahlia University Steering Committee for Learning Continuity (Coronavirus-related Developments) has effectuated the following new measures, as per the President Decision (16) of the Year 2020:
In line with national efforts and precautionary measures enacted to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and with the health and safety of the Ahlia University community in mind, the Ahlia University Steering Committee for Learning Continuity (Coronavirus-related Developments) has effectuated the following new measures, as per the President Decision (15) of the Year 2020:
Article (1) – Female Administrative Staff
Article (2) - Male Administrative Staff
Dear Ahlia Family,
It has been over two weeks now, since the activation of our learning continuity plan, and we have already received a great deal of informal feedback from faculty, staff, and students, on their experiences thus far. The feedback at this stage is generally positive and quite encouraging, which reflects the high level of cooperation, support, and commitment demonstrated by the majority of faculty and staff at Ahlia University. Faculty members experiencing issues in utilizing MOODLE and Microsoft Teams are advised to immediately seek assistance from the designated support units/staff to overcome these issues, and ensure optimal utilization of e-learning tools. As you have been informed by the President, and in line with the HEC directives, we will be formally evaluating the satisfaction of all users (faculty and students) through newly developed questionnaires to scientifically measure, gauge, and assess the situation.
Ahlia University has swiftly and successfully activated contingency plans to deal with the coronavirus situation and the suspension of face-to-face classes. We are re-evaluating the contingency plans on a continuous basis through a newly formed Steering Committee for Learning Continuity. The health, safety, and well-being of all faculty, staff, and students, is our primary concern. The activation of contingency plans has allowed the university, for the time being, to mitigate any serious negative effects on operations in general, and the learning process in particular. The resilience that Ahlia University has demonstrated during such difficult times will serve as an example to much of the learning community in Bahrain and the region. Within the space of a few days, we have successfully deployed e-learning platforms and tools for the initiation of interactive webinar-style lectures in order to secure learning continuity.
Within this context, I would like to express my appreciation for the leadership of the senior management team, which has allowed Ahlia University to move forward with plans that ensure learning continuity. I would also like to highlight the dedication demonstrated by the Website Support team, ICT Centre, and others that supported the fast and timely activation of our e-learning platforms. Lastly, and most importantly, I would like to thank all the faculty and staff for their cooperation, as none of this would be possible without your commitment and support. The full commitment and support of all staff and faculty is a matter of critical importance, in order to facilitate the buy-in, confidence, and satisfaction of students and other stakeholders.
During these times of uncertainty, I ask you all to reflect on our organisational core values and ethos, from academic excellence to the provision of service of the highest quality. These core values will guide us through the storm to the shores of safety. For this, we need the full cooperation and support of each and every single staff and faculty member. And just as Ahlia University needs your full cooperation and support, our beloved country needs our support and solidarity as well. I am happy to inform you that I have personally registered on the national e-volunteer platform. I encourage all faculty and staff to do the same, through coordination with supervisors and line managers, and trust that Ahlia University will support you in this noble endeavor should you choose to follow suit.
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته،
أهدي لكم خالص التحية وأشكركم على حسن تجاوبكم معنا في هذا الظرف الطارئ الذي ترتب عليه تفعيل التدريس عن طريق التعليم الالكتروني (eLearning) بدلاً من التدريس في الحرم الجامعي.
ثقوا بأن الجامعة تعمل على قدم وساق من أجل تطويع جميع السبل والتقنيات المتاحة مثل برنامج (MS Teams) للاستمرار في العملية التعليمية وضمان سير المحاضرات الدراسية بحسب الجدول الدراسي الاعتيادي. وللعلم، فإن الجامعة قد قررت عدم اعطاء امتحانات في هذه الفترة لجميع برامجها الأكاديمية المحلية. كما أن الجامعة تعكف حالياً على دراسة اجراءات تقييم الطلبة في ضوء ما تم تدريسه خلال فترة التعليم الالكتروني بهدف الحفاظ على مصالح الطلبة وطمأنتهم ومراعاة للصعوبات التي قد يواجهونها. إننا في الجامعة الأهلية على تواصل حثيث مع التعليم العالي للاطلاع على أي مستجدات بهذا الشأن.
إن هذه المرحلة تتطلب منا جميعاً -أساتذة وطلبة - أن نتعاضد وأن تتظافر جهودنا من أجلكم ومن أجل جامعتكم الغراء. وعليه، أرجوا منكم التواصل مع أساتذتكم بشكل مستمر ورئيس القسم وعميد الكلية إذا دعت الحاجة. كما أرجوا منكم مشاركتنا مقترحاتكم وتوجيه استفساراتكم إلى مكتب عميد شؤون الطلبة عبر رقم الوتساب المخصص للاستفسارات (36222244) أو عبر استخدام نظام الاستفسارات والشكاوى (Complaints) بنظام القبول والتسجيل (أدرج) حيث سيتم دراستها فوراً والرد عليكم .
تمنياتي الخالصة لكم ولأسركم الكريمة بموفور الصحة والسلامة، راجياً منكم الاستمرار في الالتزام بالتوجيهات الرسمية الرامية إلى الحفاظ على صحتكم وصون مملكتنا العزيزة.
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