Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Facoltà di Scienze Bancarie, Finanziarie e Assicurative

Thursday 2 April

Dear Students,

Once again I am sharing this update with you in these days of particular hardship. I hope this finds you well and I am close to those who have been experiencing situations of difficulty for themselves and their beloved ones.

This challenging time of distant university life continues relentlessly. Our School of Banking, Financial and Insurance Sciences has once again shown a strong capacity to innovate and to devote the greatest attention to students. All the lectures of this semester have been redesigned to be delivered remotely: between 26 February and 20 March our School's lecturers delivered 67 live lectures and 415 video-lectures via Blackboard. In this regard, I would like to thank the teachers for the careful redesign of the teaching, and the students for their constant collaboration. Although we are waiting for coordinated instructions from universitiesin Lombardy, given the current circumstances, teaching is expected to continue remotely in April.

Next week, our School's graduating students will be engaged in remote graduation discussion of their papers through Microsoft Teams. A further challenging task could concern the possible remote delivery of exams. A working group has been established by the University and the possible IT solutions and tools are being studied. If itis necessary to activate this method to sit exams, I will keep you informed.

After having successfully experimented remote Graduate Programmes graduation sessions, the whole University will continue with a remote promotion and orientation activity. As part of the Open week, the Open day for our School's Graduate programme is scheduled for 14 April, with a streaming of the Dean with some testimonialsat 11am following a video-presentation of each single programme offered by the School.

Looking forward to meeting you in person again in our cloisters, I thank you for the excellent cooperation and appreciation you are continuing to show over these critical weeks.

Best wishes.

Elena Beccalli

Thursday 5 March

Dear Students,

An important update in light of the recent measures imposing an additional week of suspension of academic activities.

Following new instructions received by the Rector, I share with you the revised line of action for the School of Banking, Financial and Insurance Sciences:

Online teaching
As suggested by the University, classes will be taught online until the end of the suspension of academic activities. The recommendation is to use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for this teaching. Instructors will give you details about how they are planning to use the platform for the specific courses.
The transition to online teaching, even with the reservations already expressed, appears necessary also considering the uncertainty about future developments and the students’ requests.

Make-up classes for February 24 to March 7
Make-up classes for the two weeks already suspended (24 February - 7 March) will be scheduled in the time slot of regular classes (same time and day) using the period between May 4 and May 16. Each instructor will provide information about the changes to the specific course schedules.

Exams, graduations and office hours
As for exams, thesis defenses,  graduations and office hours, there is no change to what I have wrote you a few days ago. Everything remains unchanged.

Sincerely Yours,
Elena Beccalli

Wednesday 4 March

Dear Students,

I hope you are well in these trying days.

This brief note, which is part of the communications of the Rector following the measures of the Authorities regarding the evolution of the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, describes the lines of action of the School of Banking Financial and Insurance Sciences, elaborated in agreement with the University, with regard to various aspects of our university life.

Teaching activities
The solution we have identified consists of make-up classes. We have a strong preference for face-to-face teaching, given the value that the relationship with the student has for our University and for our School. In fact, we believe that face-to-face teaching represents an element that greatly enriches everyone's training and human journey, which is essential in our educational action.

As you know, all teaching activities are suspended until Saturday 7 March. Therefore, considering that our calendar is divided into 12 weeks of classes, make-up classes will be scheduled from 4 to 16 May.

Instructors are also using the Blackboard platform to continuously engage students by providing readings, problem sets, cases and other support material that each instructor deems appropriate for the specificities of the different courses. I invite each student to carefully follow these instructions.

For teaching activities that cannot be rescheduled face-to-face, the University has already enhanced the Blackboard platform. This will allow instructors to record lessons that can be streamed. If this option becomes necessary, I will promptly inform you.

The above described solutions for teaching activities will allow us to avoid changes to the already existing exams calendar.

Thesis Defenses
As of today, there is also no change to the April 2020 session of thesis defenses. In case it becomes necessary, the University will grant extensions to deliver the theses. Furthermore, if teaching activities were still suspended at the beginning of April, the thesis defense session will be guaranteed using suitable alternatives.

Office hours
It would be preferable to avoid face-to-face meetings during office hours. I recommend using Skype or even the telephone for these meetings.

Thank you very much for your attention, and I look forward to meeting you again in our cloisters.

Elena Beccalli