Employees COVID-19 | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
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Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) events will be postponed or canceled until the end of June 2020 and classes have been suspended on campus until further notice. With a remote working approach in place, HBKU remains fully committed to ensuring educational continuity through its online learning platforms.
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LATEST UPDATE - MARCH 16, 2020

Hamad International Airport Suspends Incoming Flights Internationally

Following a meeting of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Crisis Management regarding further precautionary measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), all incoming flights to Hamad International Airport will be suspended starting from Wednesday, March 18, for an initial period of 14 days.

In view of this, Hamad Bin Khalifa University remains fully committed to operating remotely, ensuring research and educational continuity.

HBKU employees who wish to travel should note the precautions set by the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) at all times. In addition, employees affected by the travel restrictions are advised to contact HBKU Human Resources and inform their line managers accordingly for further steps. 

Qatari employees outside the country would need to adhere to the national policies in place in that country with the readiness of the country's embassies to provide the necessary services, including facilitating the procedures for returning to the State of Qatar if needed.
 

MARCH 15, 2020 - EMPLOYEE CIRCULAR: BUSINESS CONTINUITY

With the remote working approach, Hamad Bin Khalifa University remains fully committed to ensuring research and educational continuity. 

Line managers are requested to oversee workflow to serve their unit function and continue to be as effective as possible while operating remotely; ensuring employee work hours are met and team assignments are completed.

HR electronic requests will continue to be processed through the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, which can be accessed through eservices.qf.org.qa 

For further Human Resources (HR)-related queries, please contact your HR focal points:

  • Mr. Bakri Said -
  • Ms. Shabeena Mohammed -
     

MARCH 15, 2020 - HBKU IT SUPPORT

To support our community members during the period of remote working, the HBKU IT team will be using the following protocols:

  • An IT support team will be working from campus during the week commencing March 15. 
  • A technology support clinic for students and employees has been set up for all computing and technological queries and is available Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm. To connect, please use the following URL: https://hbku.webex.com/meet/hbkuitsupport.
  • A university technology call center will be staffed from Sunday to Thursday, 7.30 am to 7.30 pm. To contact this call center, please call 4454 1045.
  • A support email is available and can be used to request assistance:  

Please note that the following tools will be required to telecommute and stay connected:

  • WebEx - allows you to have face-to-face meetings with video conferencing and screen sharing from any device.
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) - allows you to operate internal systems that are not publicly available.
  • HBKU team site (used by some units).
  • HBKU email network. 

MARCH 12, 2020 - CORONAVIRUS UPDATES: HBKU EMPLOYEES TO WORK REMOTELY

In an effort to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our community, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) continues to take measured steps to reduce the risk of infection and transmission of COVID-19.

Given the developing situation, HBKU employees are advised to work remotely from Sunday, March 15, until further notice and are expected to continue fulfilling their duties in coordination with their respective line managers. Members involved in critical business functions are required to operate on site and will be informed accordingly. 

For technical queries, please contact the HBKU IT team ( ) for support.
 

MARCH 9, 2020 - SUSPENSION OF HBKU CLASSES

Please be informed that, due to the current situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), further precautionary measures have been announced by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in an effort to protect the health of students and the wider community in Qatar. 

To this end, Hamad Bin Khalifa University will be suspending classes from tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, until further notice. Students are advised to coordinate with faculty members to work remotely and continue studies online until advised otherwise.
 

MARCH 9, 2020 - HBKU EVENTS UPDATE

In order to safeguard the health and safety of the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) community amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, HBKU’s senior management has agreed to postpone or cancel all public entity functions, both locally and internationally, from now until the end of June 2020. Events scheduled to take place after June will be evaluated in the coming weeks as we continue to monitor the situation. 

The Class of 2020 graduation ceremony is still scheduled and set to take place on Sunday, May 3. 

We understand that the decision may cause some inconvenience for our entities; however, the health of our members, their families and the wider public is our number one priority as we continue to monitor updates regarding COVID-19. 

For further inquiries on the above, kindly liaise with the Interim Provost’s Office and Vice President of Research’s Office.

MARCH 5, 2020 - CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES

At Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), our priority is to safeguard the community, while maintaining operational continuity as far as possible. In line with the recent Qatar Foundation Maktabi circular, kindly note the following:

  • Until further notice, we reschedule any events that are not of high importance, in order to minimize the potential for the virus to spread as a result of large gatherings.
  • All non-essential overseas business travel should be canceled. 
  • All overseas HBKU training is postponed until further notice.
  • All visits to HBKU by guests from overseas are canceled unless authorized by senior management.

In most cases, HBKU will continue to conduct standard activities, with Education City remaining open.

Furthermore, HBKU management recommends that its community members (students, faculty, researchers and staff) limit their personal travel plans. However, should they wish to do so (at their own risk), please note the precautions set by the Ministry of Public Health.

MARCH 3, 2020 - MISINFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS

Please be informed that a number of inaccurate news articles relating to the coronavirus COVID-19 in Qatar have been circulated.

Various media outlets outside of Qatar have reported two coronavirus cases occurring at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), which is entirely false. Likewise, information circulating regarding a complete travel ban to and from Qatar is incorrect. 

To this end, we recommend that students, faculty, researchers and staff reference official sources to obtain accurate information, including Qatar Foundation’s Maktabi Portal and Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health.