VU Amsterdam, HvA, ROCvAF and HTH start pilot on rapid testing in Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), the ROC of Amsterdam-Flevoland (ROCvAF) and the Hotelschool The Hague, Campus Amsterdam (HTH) start a pilot with rapid tests. With this pilot, the educational institutions want to investigate how more physical education can be made possible in times of corona.

03/15/2021 | 3:41 PM

The pilot is a national initiative from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and part of a long series of pilots, which each have a different focus. The Amsterdam region will focus primarily on practical education. In this way, the region hopes to gain insight into the possibilities for realizing more and safe physical education on campus. And to see what contribution rapid testing can make to ensure the most 'normal' possible start of the new academic year in September.

In addition to practical matters, such as the willingness of students to get tested and the logistics involved in facilitating a test street, VU Amsterdam, HVA, ROCvAF and HTH also work together to gain scientific insights into the use of rapid tests. For example, we will investigate which factors play a role in the willingness of students and teachers to test, what the yields and side effects are in rapid testing and what it does in relation to one’s sense of safety. An analysis is also made of the costs and benefits in the use of rapid tests. It is currently being investigated whether epidemiological research can also be linked to the pilot. In this study, for example, we will look at the risks of negative rapid test results in relation to the compliance of corona measures and how epidemiological research can contribute to a possible relief of the one and a half meter regulations.

The pilot starts with students and teachers who are now already present at the educational location for practical education. At the moment, the basic corona rules of the RIVM are still in effect within the pilots. If the situation permits, the intention is to investigate in the pilots for MBO, post-secondary vocational education and higher education under which conditions, for example, the distance rule could be released in a controlled test setting. At the end of April the educational institutions expect to share the first results of the conducted research.

The rapid teststreet will be officially opened on 25 March and runs until mid-August.

More information about rapid testing can be found in this FAQ.