More foreignstudents, uni staff join exodus

Top News | Stella Wong 15 Nov 2019

Staff at three universities have been asked to leave campus and stay elsewhere over fears for their safety as the exodus of overseas students continued.

Two universities instructed employees to leave, while another is arranging vehicles for teachers and students who want to do so.

Baptist University asked staff members who are on campus to leave "as soon as possible."

"The passages to and from the campus are still safe. Proceed with caution to leave the campus safely," it wrote in an e-mail.

At Polytechnic University, staff were also told to leave as soon as possible after it announced on-campus classes for the semester have been suspended and switched to online learning.

Some teaching staff at Chinese University told media that cars were arranged near the campus to help them leave.

CUHK said it will help students and campus residents who wish to go home or leave in view of "serious incidents on campus and wide concerns on supplies and living conditions."

It reminded those who choose to stay on campus that the college or unit may not be able to provide all the support needed due to limited manpower and resources.

City University announced it will be the last day of the semester today and that the graduation ceremony has been canceled. "It has become unfeasible to hold the ceremony on campus because the venue reserved for the ceremony was set on fire and damaged on Wednesday night," it said.

Meanwhile, more international students in Hong Kong left the city. The European Union said it is closely monitoring the situation in Hong Kong. In a reply to Taiwan's Central News Agency, European External Action Service said there are continuous violent clashes at CUHK and the entire Hong Kong.

The European Union's office in Hong Kong is closely monitoring the situation and maintaining contact with diplomatic representatives of its member countries in Hong Kong, it said.

The US State Department continues to closely monitor the situation in Hong Kong, a US consulate spokesman said.

About 280 Taiwan students returned to the island in the past two days, Taiwan's Executive Yuan said.

Among them, 140 to 150 study at Chinese University, spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said.

She said Premier Su Tseng-chang ordered the Ministry of Education and Mainland Affairs Council to place personal safety of Taiwan students as the highest priority.

National Taiwan University said the school contacted its exchange students to return as soon as possible.

The South Korean consulate picked up about 40 students at CUHK and assisted them to leave the campus. About 50 students left on Wednesday.

Some Nordic students at Baptist University were also seen moving out yesterday.

A Danish technical university urged its 36 students in Hong Kong to return home, reports said.

The Norwegian foreign ministry also reminded students to "continuously evaluate campus safety if teaching is interrupted due to protests."

stellast.wong@singtaonewscorp.com

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