Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland, sent the following announcement to students and staff today:
"Dear students and colleagues,
I would like to draw your attention to the summer courses which the University of Iceland will be offering between 2 June and 15 August, funded by a 250 million ISK grant from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.
A diverse range of almost a hundred courses will be on offer. There will be something for everyone, since a number of the courses are open to the public. When organising the summer programme, however, emphasis was placed on meeting the needs of current university students, new students, those who wish to better prepare themselves for higher education, and students who speak Icelandic as a second language. There will therefore be courses for credit as well as general courses without credit. Online courses will also be offered in collaboration with partner universities abroad.
Publicisation of the summer programme will start today, when a special website on the project will go live. People will be able to use the website to access detailed information on the available courses and to register. The University will be offering various preparatory and preliminary courses, e.g. in the natural sciences and Icelandic, courses in academic working practices, courses in Icelandic as a second language, elective higher education courses in all fields, courses on innovation and social engagement, technology courses, etc. I urge you all to explore the available options.
As students registered on a study programme for the academic year 2019-2020, you can take summer courses without paying a separate registration fee, since the summer semester is part of the 2019-2020 academic year.
As we get closer to the normality of our lives before the virus, still we must not forget the protective measures implemented by the government. We must not become complacent. Let us remember that civil defence is in our hands and every one of us bears a great responsibility. Let's continue on the right track and look out for one another. Let's also enjoy the summer ahead and perhaps use it to strengthen our education.
It is my sincere hope that as many of you as possible are able to enjoy and benefit from the summer courses.
I wish you all the best, dear students and colleagues.
Jón Atli Benediktsson,