A Letter to JNU International Students
To all the international students of Jinan University,
Happy New Year! Hope this letter finds you well.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still hanging over the world, another unique and busy semester is coming to an end. The year 2021 arrived just in time. Through the extraordinary days of 2020, international students of Jinan University stood together with the university to face the challenges brought by the COVID-19 outbreak. Answering the call either by generously assisting or actively speaking out, your actions demonstrate how the people of Jinan University are committed to each other and defined the contours of our community with a shared future. JNU is so proud of you!
At the present, the pandemic is still spreading around the world. Many people are suffering from this disease; their work, life and study are affected, some more, some less, as they experience these challenges. Many international students are still far away from our campus, isolated from us and each other, connected with the school and classmates only via a screen, trying to overcome time differences and all kinds of inconvenience. We understand how difficult it must be. Your health and study are always our top concern. In and out of class, every teacher, student, staff and countless others are working side by side to ensure the safety of our campus family while still determined to continue our mission of online/offline teaching and research. All of us are looking forward to a reunion in JNU.
On the occasion of this new year, we need to call to your attention the following:
The winter break of academic year 2020/21 starts 16 January 2021, and ends 28 February 2021. The spring semester starts 1 March 2021.
International students presently living outside the Chinese mainland should not return to the campus or enter the Chinese mainland without approval from the university. The university will continue to pay close attention to the latest international pandemic situation and the updates of the Chinese immigration authority. JNU will ensure that you receive the most up-to-date information so you can return to the campus as soon as possible; please stay in close contact with your school/department.
International students presently living in the Chinese mainland should leave the campus in accordance with the arrangements of JNU. Those who need to stay on campus during the winter break must get approval from the university and abide by the rules of the pandemic prevention. Students who have left the campus are not allowed to return until officially informed. Before returning to the university， students should apply to their schools/departments and get approval.
Regarding the teaching schedule of the spring semester, students will be informed of any adjustment as soon as possible. It is also recommended that you stay in close and regular contact with your school/department to get the most up-to-date information of our teaching schedule and course arrangements so as to be prepared for any online/offline teaching.
During the winter break, students should stay alert, and keep protecting themselves by wearing face masks outdoors, keeping ventilation indoors, washing hands properly and frequently, and maintaining good personal hygiene.
If you have symptoms such as a fever or dry cough, you must take the actions below immediately:
(1) Contact the university or your tutors immediately when you are on campus.
(2) If you are off campus, contact any responsible body in your community and obey relevant regulations of the community.
(3) Conduct self-quarantine at home. A member of a crisis team from the university, or the community, or the nearest hospital capable of dealing with COVID-19 suspected cases will contact you. You may be transferred to an assigned medical shelter if necessary.
Students currently staying in the mainland of China should avoid unnecessary inter-city or inter-province travelling, gathering or going to crowded places. Do not go to any places listed as medium-risk or high-risk regions. If you want to leave your current residence, you must contact your student counselor in advance to get approval. Leaving Guangzhou without approval from the university is unacceptable, and you will be responsible for any possible consequences.
Students should keep in contact with your student counselor and your home school/department. Should you have any questions or you meet with any difficulties, scan the QR code below with WeChat and text a message. The university staff will help you.
Keep a positive attitude. These difficult times will end. The sun also rises. Before our reunion, let us be grateful for our advantages, focus upon the good things in our lives, and continue with our pursuit of knowledge, putting forth our best efforts. A bright and warm spring will surely arrive if we concentrate on that beam of promising light. Together we will soon overcome this pandemic and celebrate the same spring here, as one academic family, at Jinan University.
We wish you all a very happy Chinese New Year!
Office of International Exchange and Cooperation
15 January 2021