Uni hops on class restart bandwagon

Top News | Carine Chow 17 Jun 2021

Chinese University plans to resume in-person classes and student activities on campus in the coming school year, saying campus life is an essential part of university education.

It will be the third institution, after the University of Hong Kong and Baptist University, to do so.

In a letter to students and staff, provost Alan Chan Kam-leung said the default mode for all classes in the first term for the 2021/22 school year will be in person and on campus if the present trend holds for the Covid-19 situation - with a relatively low rate of new infections and an increasing rate of vaccinations.

"Although online teaching has proved to be effective, thanks to the exemplary effort of our faculty and staff, as well as the dedication of our students, face-to-face learning activities provide added value and contribute to whole-person development, which is a hallmark of CUHK education," he wrote.

There will be social distancing in classrooms and in exam venues.

Lecture recordings and individualized online tutorials will be offered to students who cannot enter Hong Kong due to travel restrictions.

"Specific to undergraduate students who are unable to enter Hong Kong due to travel restrictions, special online sections of selected classes, such as general education foundation courses and required language courses, will be made available," Chan added.

He also encouraged students to be vaccinated as soon as possible. CUHK previously e-mailed its hostel residents, urging them to get the jab, or they will have to undergo Covid tests every fortnight at their own expense.

HKU sent an e-mail to all students on May 5, saying all tutorials, seminars, laboratory work, clinical practice as well as the vast majority of the lectures would be delivered in person - unless there is a strong reason not to do so. All lectures will also be recorded and uploaded to the university's online learning platform.

"While vaccination will not be a requirement for coming onto campus in semester one, it may be necessary for some higher-risk on-campus and off-campus activities," HKU vice president Ian Holliday said.

HKBU also announced the resumption of in-person classes late last month, adding that the university will continue current campus access arrangements, including having students and visitors complete the online health declaration.

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