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Medellín April 13, 2020

We have always thought of the University as our second home, sometimes we live it as our first. There, we spend a large part of our time and our study or work colleagues become those familiar faces with whom we miss spaces, moments and the close conversations we had.

This current contingency has us physically distanced but brings us closer together in unthinkable ways; and above all it allows us to reevaluate, reinvent and propose, because from the University we see the present not as a limitation but as the perfect opportunity to learn and support ourselves in our main institutional objectives.

We are a CES family and we are 100% committed to the quality of the education of our students and the job stability of our employees. This is why, as an institution committed to the health and well-being of all, we embrace the new measures implemented by the National Government to continue with mandatory preventive isolation until April 26 at 11:59 pm

Next, I inform you point by point of our decisions:

1. The academic period is extended. The first semester 2020-1 will run until July 3, 2020. Once the mandatory preventive isolation measure for educational institutions has been completed until May 30, we will gradually proceed to develop pending face-to-face academic activities (internships, rotations , etc). Each student will be able to consult with their faculties how they will be carried out, under the biosafety protocols that we implement.

2. The student vacation period scheduled for the middle of the year will run between July 4 and July 20, 2020, at which time the mid-year inter-monthly periods are canceled. The second semester 2020 -2 will start on July 21 and will run until November 30.

3. In the coming days, according to the evolution in the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the national, departmental and local governments, we will indicate when the face-to-face administrative activities will resume and under what biosafety guidelines, with in order to guarantee the protection and health of our collaborators and their families.

4. I want to extend our heartfelt message of gratitude to the entire university community in the current health emergency that is affecting the country and the world. To the students for their patience and understanding in the face of a new methodology of receiving classes; to the teachers for their ability to adapt to new ways of transmitting knowledge and to the collaborators because they have not stopped their efforts and commitment in each of their functions so that the University and service centers do not stop. Thank you CES family!

Kind regards,

Jorge Julián Osorio Gómez
CES University Rector

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