After having implemented virtual classes as a protective measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, This Monday, August 8, more than 400,000 students from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) returned to face-to-face classes.
The nine campuses of the National Preparatory School (ENP), the five of the College of Sciences and Humanities (CCH), the four of the Faculty of Higher Studies (FES) and the main campus in Ciudad Universitaria once again received thousands of of students returning from a vacation period to start a new semester or school yeardepending on their respective study plans.
It is pertinent to remember that the 34,000 first-year high school students will start their classes until next Monday, August 29 since the results of entrance examination and Comipems will be published until the 19th of this month.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities from the highest house of studies in the country have been cautious in implementing the face-to-face return of the student community to the campuses and, although some of the activities had already been resumed in this modality, The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) opted to resume classes in the classrooms until its students were already vaccinated and protected against the Sars-CoV-2 virus.
Thanks to the progress in the vaccination campaigns against COVID-19, the epidemiological traffic light has remained green for a couple of months, which makes it possible to return to face-to-face classes for the students of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)however, the pandemic is not over yet so Authorities have also sought to adapt the classrooms of the different campuses of the highest house of studies to protect its student community.
This was stated by the secretary general of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)Leonardo Lomelí Vanegas, who also explained that in recent months they have worked to have the necessary measures to help reduce the chances of contagion, such as better ventilation in classrooms and the mandatory use of face masks in closed spaces.
Most of the more than 366,000 students, commented Leonardo Lomelí Vanegas, are anxious to return to the facilities, because there are those who will meet their schools for the first time or physically meet their peers and more than 42 thousand teachers and professors.
With the majority of the members of your student community vaccinated and the use of the sanitary measures required for the prevention of contagion, Authorities from the highest house of studies in the country assured that the face-to-face return to classes is safe.
Leonardo Lomelí Vanegas, secretary general of the institution, made special emphasis on remembering that the University Commission for the Attention of the Coronavirus Emergency considers the face-to-face return viablebecause although we are coming out of an outbreak, it is evident that the lethality of the disease has decreased, which gives hope that we are really entering a new normality.
The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) will begin its 2022 – 2023 school year on the right foot because, in addition to resuming its face-to-face activities, the highest house of studies in the country expanded its academic offer by starting two new degrees: Tourism and Sustainable Development, at the National School of Higher Studies (ENES) León Unit; and Mathematics for Development, at the ENES Juriquilla, reported the Secretary General.
Additionally, the new facilities of the National School of Languages, Linguistics and Translation will come into operationas well as the National Earth Sciences.
Despite the face-to-face return, Leonardo Lomelí Vanegas assured that the pandemic has made it possible to see the potential of distance education so some learning activities, dissemination and popularization of science, culture and art will continue in that mode.
Finally, the general secretary of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) thanked the trust placed in the institution which he described as “one of the most important in the Spanish-speaking world and that has played a prominent role in the construction of modern Mexico.”