UWI activates Coronavirus Response Plan for students in China

    (File Photo via Overseas Zone Education Consultant)

    The University of the West Indies is working to ensure the safety of students and staff in China, amid the conronavirus outbreak.

    The University has an administrative presence and students enrolled in a BSc Software Engineering programme at the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology (UWICIIT) which allows for two years of study at the Global Institute of Software Technology (GIST).

    During the current inter-semester break, 28 students and one administrator are currently in Suzhou, China.

    Although the city of Suzhou is not within the epicentre of the virus, UWI says the GIST campus will remain closed until February 23rd, when the new semester is expected to begin.

    It adds continuous on-site support is being provided on the campus, while medical and screening protocols have also been established.

    The University has also held meetings with the students and communicated directly with parents and guardians.

    The next meeting with parents and guardians is carded for this Friday.

    The University is also collaborating with regional entities and agencies including the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), CARICOM Secretariat, Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs, and others in the regional management and response strategy.

    It says it has also convened a group of experts to examine the issues and help inform decision-making.