Contact: Di Saunders -- Office: 503-725-5714; Cell: 503-807-55
Source: Christine Sproul, director, China Program, OUS: 541-737-3006
Student Exchange Program Suspended Due to Concern over SARS and Student
April 23 - The
Oregon University System (OUS) announced today the suspension of its
Chinese intensive language program in Beijing, China due to the
continued expansion of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
decision was made in consultation with OUS's Chancellor's office and
OUS medical experts. The decision was shared with representatives from
the international education offices at the Oregon campuses who met
yesterday afternoon to discuss the situation. The decision reflects
OUS's ongoing concern for student safety, given the spread of SARS in
Beijing and the recent State Department Travel Warning. A survey of other U.S. programs in Beijing revealed that
nearly all were bringing their students home.
chief concern is for the health and safety of our students," said
Christine Sproul, director of the China Program for OUS. "With a
growing number of SARS cases being reported in Beijing, we felt it was
in the best interests of our students to ensure their safe return, and
ease the concerns of their family members by bringing them home now."
date, no OUS students have been diagnosed with SARS. The sixteen OUS
students in Beijing will finish midterms this week and have been
instructed to depart at the end of the week.
OUS is supporting students with travel plans, helping eliminate
financial obstacles due to the program suspension, securing as much
academic credit as possible for students, and advising students on
health care precautions upon their return.
The OUS program at Central University for Nationalities was started in 1991. In addition to a resident faculty director, students are assisted by the Foreign Affairs Office of the host institution. Besides the China program, the Oregon University System administers a network of international exchange programs in Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Thailand.
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