Coronavirus emergency and APRU universities

Coronavirus emergency and APRU universities

April 05, 2020

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.




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.


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



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


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)


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

World Economic Forum Agenda
16 Mar 2020
President, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology



Seminars and Discussions

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.


HKUST invitation to join live session

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

Date: March 18, 2020 (Wednesday)
Time:  11:00 – 12:30 (EST) or 15:00 – 16:00 (GMT)

The discussion will cover issues targeting senior administrators in charge of teaching and learning. Kindly register here for the Zoom invitation to join the online forum.



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).


China and Hong Kong SAR

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Health Promotion and Protection


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

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


University of California Berkeley

For travel advisory:

For health advisory:

Contact :
James Ford, Chief of Staff for Academic Planning
Email[email protected]

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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