At present, COVID-19 epidemic is spreading in the world, posing a great threat to the lives and health of people all over the world. For this reason, as the president, I am particularly concerned about every international student of our university in all parts of the world. I hope that all students and your families can protect yourselves and stay away from the virus. During this special period, let’s overcome the difficulties and help each other.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the Chinese government and people have always put people’s safety and health at the top of their priority list regardless of danger and difficulties, and adhered to the principles of nationwide mobilization, joint prevention and control as well as openness and transparency, thus launching a war against the epidemic. At present, China has achieved stage victory in fighting the epidemic, and the number of local suspected and confirmed cases has been zero for several consecutive days. Wuhan will also lift its closed management on April 8. The WHO highly praised China’s epidemic prevention and control work. While China’s situation in epidemic prevention and control continues to improve, China, guided by the vision of a community of shared future for mankind, has shared its experience in fighting the epidemic with the international community in various forms, provided personnel, materials and technical support for them, and conducted international cooperation.
Liaoning province has resolutely implemented the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important speech, instructions and written instructions, as well as the decisions and plans of the Party Central Committee. It has always put people’s lives and safety in the first priority, implemented scientific and targeted measures and made epidemic prevention and control as the most important work. On March 22, all COVID-19 patients in Liaoning province were discharged from the hospital. At present, the social production and living order is rapidly recovering in Liaoning province.
Our university has taken strict prevention and control measures in accordance with the relevant requirements of the superior administrative unit, successively issued the work plan for epidemic prevention and control, emergency response plan, work supervision plan, etc., and made careful arrangements for epidemic prevention and control. The campus is under closed control. Besides, the situations of all teachers, students and staff are precisely understood, and the system of “daily report” and “zero report” on health is carried out. All domestic and foreign international students actively cooperate with the school’s prevention and control measures, and report the routes and health status in time. Our university provides free masks, thermometers and other protective equipment as well as necessities of life, such as rice, flour, cooking oil, vegetables and fruits to every international student who stays in the school during the holiday, so as to ensure their carefree life and good mood. Meanwhile, the international students who stay in the school give great understanding, support and cooperation to the university’s prevention and control work, especially to the centralized and closed management. Thanks to our joint efforts, almost 30,000 students, teachers and staff of the university haven’t been infected with COVID-19. On behalf of Shenyang Normal University, I would like to thank you for your cooperation and support in the past two months.
While performing jobs in the prevention and control of the epidemic, the university implemented the requirement of “Classes are suspended, but teaching and learning are still ongoing.” put forward by the Ministry of Education, and formulated the online teaching implementation plan including international students for this semester. Since February 24, more than 400 international students, including all the registered international students, former international students who have left China, overseas Confucius Institute students and Chinese culture lovers who are interested in learning Chinese in our university, have accepted the online teaching of Chinese from our university. Teachers and students gather in online every day and achieve a lot.
According to the requirements of the Ministry of Education: Schools shall not be opened until epidemic prevention and control is under basic control, the prevention and control measures are in place and the safety of campus and the public health safety of teachers and students are guaranteed. The university is improving the pre-arranged planning for back-to-school work, organizing drills for students to return to school, preparing materials for epidemic prevention and control, and making preparations for the new semester. The specific starting time will be notified to the school by the Education Department of Liaoning province according to the situation of epidemic prevention and control. The school will also inform the students in time. Before the beginning of school, please take precautions at home. On behalf of the university, I hereby give the following suggestions to all international students:
1. Please take precautions and maintain physical fitness. Please continue to pay attention to the changes in the epidemic situation in your locality, abide by the epidemic prevention and control regulations in your place, cooperate with the local government department to carry out epidemic prevention and control measures, and do a good job of personal protection to ensure physical health.
2. Please cherish time and improve learning. Please make full use of the online teaching platform, participate in online learning through online courses, discussions and exchanges, make full use of offline time to strengthen practice, and lay a solid foundation for subsequent learning.
3. Please wait for the notice and return to school on time. Please pay attention to the notice. We will inform you at least 14 days in advance to reserve time for you to purchase air tickets as much as possible. At the same time, please do not purchase air tickets to China before the school starts.
4. Please keep effective communication. The university and the College of International Education will inform the students of the situation and relevant information in time. Please keep in touch. If you have any problems or suggestions, please contact with your teachers and office staff of college, who will promptly respond to your concerns.
Dear students, spring has come, and the haze of the epidemic will eventually disappear. Shenyang Normal University will be always concerned about the health and safety of every international student. I will wait for you to come back to our university where peach trees are in blossom.
I wish you all good health and academic progress! Please remember me to your family!
April 2, 2020