Coronavirus emergency and APRU universities

Coronavirus emergency and APRU universities

May 20, 2020

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We express our concern and support to our members at this very difficult and unpredictable time. The APRU Chair and Secretary General have expressed their concern in this letter to APRU members in China and Hong Kong SAR.

To assist APRU members as you confront this health challenge and associated policy responses from around the region we have posted this web page.

During the SARS emergency, APRU universities found it very helpful to know what others were doing to respond.  Therefore, we have put up this web page which includes links to members’ websites stating their policies and the actions they are taking.


HKUST’s All-Round Efforts to Help Fight COVID-19 Pandemic

The unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 since December 2019 has been sweeping across continents, with confirmed cases surpassing 220,000 and death toll exceeding 8,000 worldwide to date. This highly contagious virus has quickly flared up elsewhere and become an unforeseen global challenge. The entire HKUST community as a global citizen has a role to play in the concerted response to this significant public health threat.

Read how HKUST is fighting COVID-19 now >>



Practical recommendations for the management of diabetes in patients with COVID-19

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Stefan R Bornstein, Francesco Rubino, Kamlesh Khunti, Geltrude Mingrone, David Hopkins, Andreas L Birkenfeld, Bernhard Boehm, Stephanie Amiel , Richard IG Holt, Jay S Skyler, J Hans DeVries, Eric Renard, Robert H Eckel, Paul Zimmet, Kurt George Alberti, Josep Vidal, Bruno Geloneze, Juliana C Chan, Linong Ji, Barbara Ludwig


National Response to COVID-19 in the Republic of Korea and Lessons Learned for Other Countries

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Article: e-1753464 | Received 30 Mar 2020, Accepted 06 Apr 2020, Published online: 29 Apr 2020





The second affiliated hospital released the Guidebook of Hospital Response Strategy to COVID-19

Zhejiang University

Drawing upon the firstline experience of the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine in the fight against the pandemic, a guidebook – COVID-19 outbreak: Hospital Response Strategy was released on April 11, which offers applicable references to a wider audience.


Fast Funding for COVID-19 Science

Science funding mechanisms are too slow in normal times and may be much too slow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fast Grants are an effort to correct this.

If you are a scientist at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding, we invite you to apply for a Fast Grant. Fast Grants are $10k to $500k and decisions are made in under 48 hours. If we approve the grant, you’ll receive payment as quickly as your university can receive it.


Corona Virus (COVID-19) “Infodemic” and Emerging Issues through a Data Lens: The Case of China

Jinling Hua and Rajib Shaw *
Keio University, Fujisawa 252-0082, Japan; [email protected]
*Correspondence: [email protected]



Building resilience against biological hazards and pandemics: COVID-19 and its implications for the Sendai Framework

Riyanti Djalante (a,b), Rajib Shawb (b, c,), Andrew DeWit (d),  

a. Academic Programme Officer, United Nations University-Institute for the Advances Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Japan
b. Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), Japan
c. Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan
d. School of Economic Policy Studies, Rikkyo University, Japan



female lab technician doing research with a microscope in the lab. coronavirus

How Elsevier is supporting your response to COVID-19

Elsevier has made a variety of resources available to support our partners in the research, higher education and health communities

March 24, 2020 – Updated March 26, 2020



Covid-19’s highly infectious nature means there is a pressing need to find solutions. Universities can help Image: REUTERS

From virus-slaying air purifiers to delivery robots, how university inventions are fighting COVID-19

World Economic Forum Agenda

16 Mar 2020

Wei Shyy, President, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology




COVID‐19 Effects on US Higher Education Campuses

View report 

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is studying the effects of COVID‐19 (coronavirus) on global student mobility on U.S. higher education campuses. The series is to provide more information about the effects that COVID‐19 has had on international student mobility, and the measures U.S. higher education institutions are taking regar

ding international students currently on campus and those abroad, international students interested in studying in the United States, and U.S. students planning to study abroad.

The first survey was launched on Feb. 13, 2020, and specifically focuses on the effects of COVID‐19 with regard to academic student mobility to and from China. As the COVID‐19 outbreak evolves, IIE will administer follow‐on surveys to the U.S. higher education community to monitor the unfolding situation and to keep the international education community informed.

For more information, please visit or email [email protected].


Harvard University
Coronavirus (COVID-19)






Medical Education in Pandemic: Screen to Screen or Face to Face

May 22, 2020
16:00-18:00 (HKT)

Hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many medical educators have continued to teach their students by adopting new methods in teaching and assessment. As educators, we believe in learning from experience. In this webinar, we will be sharing experiences from medical teachers and students around the world. The audience will hear that bedside teaching may be possible, online education can be conducted interactively, and social distancing may still be compatible with face to face examinations. Most importantly, the audience can gain some insight into the readiness of our students to be doctors during the pandemic. We will have speakers from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

Details can be accessed via the CUHK website ( Registration is free on a first come, first-serve basis. Everyone is welcome.



Entering the New Realm of International Higher Education

Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT)
Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia

in collaboration with

International Relations Centre (UKM Global)
The National University of Malaysia (UKM)
Email: [email protected]

This program aims to discuss the impact that the current Covid-19 has had on international higher education and how universities are reacting to the situation. It follows through the plan of actions done by universities from different parts of the world in dealing with this global battle. The pandemic has changed what traditional teaching and learning environment used to be like and universities have to now accelerate their speed of transformation in adapting to these new challenges.

The panel of experts consist from scholars to practitioners from four different regions sharing their experiences in dealing with this unplanned necessary change. The discussion includes their strategy in embracing this new normal of education and the preparations involved in realizing this strategy.


Tsinghua University – Didi Joint Research Center for Future Mobility
March 20, 2020 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Beijing Time)
Combating the Coronavirus with Big Traffic Data – China and the World Stay Hand in Hand, Heart to Heart

Meeting Agenda

Tsinghua University – Didi Joint Research Center for Future Mobility is holding an online seminar on March 20, 2020 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Beijing Time) with the topic “Combating the Coronavirus with Big Traffic Data – China and the World Stay Hand in Hand, Heart to Heart”. The seminar will focus on the applications of big traffic data analytics in coronavirus combat and the experiences that could be shared under international background. In-depth discussions and extensive exchanges will be carried out among leading experts from governments, schools, international organizations and enterprises.


Migrating a Whole University to “Online Real-Time Interactive” Teaching: An Experience-Sharing Forum 

March 18, 2020
The discussion covered issues such as: Strategic and Technological Decisions​, Faculty and TA Training and Support, Migrating Common Teaching Practices​ (From whiteboards to visualizers), Student Support and Feedback​, Assessments and Exams , and Faculty Experiences​.

This webinar is for senior administrators in charge of teaching and learning. A recording of the webinar and resources can be found at the HKUST website.


APRU Members


The Australian National University

Jane O’Dwyer
Vice-President (Engagement and Global Relations)
Email: [email protected]

The University of Queensland

Mr Rongyu Li
Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice President (External Engagement)
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement)
Email: [email protected]

The University of Sydney

Discover the latest research, analysis and podcasts from our University of Sydney experts addressing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection: University of Sydney advice

China and Hong Kong SAR

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Act Together Against Covid-19:

CU Medicine on Covid-19:


Ms. Shally Fan, Director of Academic Links, Office of Academic Links, [email protected]

Ms. Amy Chan, Senior Programmer Manager, Office of Academic Links, [email protected]

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Covid-19 [email protected]

Eliza Tam
Manager (Global Engagement & Greater China Affairs)
Office of the Vice-President for Institutional Advancement
Email: [email protected]

Zhejiang University

Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment officially launched


Chinese Taipei

National Taiwan University

Contact information:
Campus Health Center: +886 3366-2156, (Office hours,8AM – 5PM) [email protected]
Campus Safety Center: +886 3366-9119, (24hr)[email protected]


Osaka University

Latest information about the novel coronavirus from Osaka University

Tohoku University

COVID-19 Information and Preventive Measures


Seoul National University

Link : SNU Academic Policies and Procedures against COVID-19 Infection

Contact :

 1) SNU Health Service Center : +82-2-880-5339 (From 9am to 6pm)

 2) Gwanak-gu Community Health Center : +82-2-879-7131 (24 Hours)

 3) Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(KCDC) : 1339 (24 Hours)



Tecnológico de Monterrey

Coronavirus Covid-19

Coronavirus Announcement – Tecnológico de Monterrey

Cuida tu Mente


New Zealand

University of Auckland

Coronavirus outbreak


University of the Philippines

Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Advice for the UP Community 


National University of Singapore

NUS advisories:
Dean of Students’ updates


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

NTU experts fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on all levels

Guide for COVID-19 remote consultation by primary carers designed by NTU Singapore scientist and peers


Chulalongkorn University

Download the complete Summary of Chula’s responses to COVID-19.

Chula COVID19 website:

The Great Digital Leap Forward:

School of Integrated Innovation, Chulalongkorn University Moves to Hybrid Teaching Model Amidst Corona Outbreak

CU Introduces Online Learning Innovation Center


University of California Berkeley

For travel advisory:

For health advisory:

University of California Davis

UC Davis Global Affairs: Travel Announcement: Novel Coronavirus
UC Davis Dateline: Coronavirus: Travel Warning, Other Cautions
UC Davis Student Affairs: Coronavirus Update; Precautions During Cold and Flu Season
UC Davis Health: What you need to know about the novel coronavirus

University of California Los Angeles

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Anderson Sutton
Dean, School of Pacific and Asian Studies & Assistant Vice Chancellor for International and Exchange Programs
email:  [email protected]

University of Southern California

University of Washington

Novel coronavirus & COVID-19: facts and resources

ALERT: COVID-19 travel restrictions


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