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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – support and guidance

This page details examples of practice and approaches that have been taken by institutions in China in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in areas such as learning and teaching, assessment and feedback, and student support.


Assessment and grading: Return to physical learning and teaching
  • Cancellation of entrance exams for overseas students
    Several Universities in China have begun cancelling entrance examinations for overseas students. The cancellations will effectively make it easier for international students to win places at top Chinese Universities.

Assessment and grading: Return to physical learning and teaching
  • Cancellation of entrance exams for overseas students
    Several Universities in China have begun cancelling entrance examinations for overseas students. The cancellations will effectively make it easier for international students to win places at top Chinese Universities.

Assessment and grading: Return to physical learning and teaching
  • Cancellation of entrance exams for overseas students
    Several Universities in China have begun cancelling entrance examinations for overseas students. The cancellations will effectively make it easier for international students to win places at top Chinese Universities.

Support for Remote Teaching
Support for Remote Learning; Emergency Funding
  • How a top Chinese university is responding to coronavirus
    Since January 2020, Zhejiang University (ZJU) has funded access to online learning for more than 1,000 disadvantaged students. The University has also negotiated deals with several network providers to subsidize the data plans of its faculty and students. For students without access to live streaming or grappling with poor internet connections, ZJU provides them with lecture recordings and courseware packages.
Support for Research
  • How a top Chinese university is responding to Coronavirus
    In early March 2020, the University announced a one-stop 'Research at ZJU' platform allowing scientists and students to collaborate online despite the disruption caused by the pandemic. Internally, this system consists of disciplines, faculty, teaching and research. Externally it engages multiple stakeholders including talent, industry, alumni and public institutions on a global scale.

Assessment and grading: Return to physical learning and teaching
  • Cancellation of entrance exams for overseas students
    Several Universities in China have begun cancelling entrance examinations for overseas students. The cancellations will effectively make it easier for international students to win places at top Chinese Universities.
Return to physical learning and teaching
  • Campus re-opening and epidemic prevention measures
    On April 23rd 2020, the Provost announced plans for their Chinese campus to reopen following a visit by the Ningbo Education Bureau Inspection Team. The University announced a plan for students to return in two groups.

    Group 1: The first group of students are to return to campus over the period 26 to 28 April to resume face-to-face teaching on 29 April; this group consists of:
    • All year four students
    • Postgraduate taught students
    • Postgraduate research students
    • Faculty of Science and Engineering year two to three students.
    Group 2: All other students are to return to campus between 2 and 3 May in preparation for face-to-face teaching on 4 May.

    One of the requirements for UNNC to re-open is that is must be able to report on the daily health status of its students, and travel plans of students need to be collated. This is collected via the WeChat mini programme. On campus students should bring clinical thermometers along with sufficient masks, tissues, alcohol-disinfectant wipes or water-free hand sanitizers and freshness protection packages (for mask disposal). Students returning to Ningbo from Hubei will undertake a 14-day isolation in a hotel prior to returning. External visitors without prior approval from the University are not allowed to enter campus during the period of epidemic prevention and control. Parents, other relatives and private cars (unregistered) cannot enter the campus. Students should show campus cards (or ID cards) and a green health code as well as undergo a temperature check to enter the University.
    Students are not allowed to leave campus during the period of epidemic prevention and control except for essential purposes such as medical treatment.

    Other Universities across China are re-opining with similar health measures in place.