Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
The University management decided on November 13, 2019 to temporarily change the mode of instruction for the remaining weeks of the Fall Term. With the greatest efforts, faculty and staff members of the University have provided timely and appropriate support to ensure the smooth transition and adjustment. Students have also exercised patience and understanding during this difficult time. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to all of you for making extra efforts to overcome the challenges created by the social turmoil.
We are pleased to announce that the Spring Term will commence on February 3, 2020 (Monday) on campus as scheduled. Even though most courses in the Fall Term adopted alternative assessment arrangements, some still need to have proctored on-campus final examinations, which will now be arranged to be held on the first four days of the Spring Term (i.e. February 3 – February 6, 2020). Thereafter, classes in the Spring Term will start on February 7, 2020 (Friday) based on regular mode of instruction on campus. The mid-term break on April 7 – April 9, 2020 will be cancelled and the Spring Term will end as originally scheduled. TPG programs may have alternative arrangements as determined by the program offices to accommodate the special teaching pattern of their courses. Details are set out in the revised academic calendar and the schedules of the proctored examinations will be announced by the Academic Registry soon.
To address the University community’s concerns on safety, the campus security measures will continue to be in place until further notice. Therefore, while academic activities will be supported on campus, other activities and events may have to be postponed until the campus is fully open to the public. To ensure that decisions on other activities and events are taken on a timely basis, please consult the appropriate Dean / Vice-President at the planning stage.
In light of many partner institutions’ concerns on their students’ safety, the UG exchange-in programs will be suspended in the Spring Term. On the other hand, some HKUST UG students expressed their interest in exchange-out programs in the Spring Term. While the exchange programs are supposed to be based on equal numbers of exchange-ins and exchange-outs, we are proactively looking into ways to support our students’ exchange-out interest. The University is now actively communicating with the partner institutions to explore the possibility of offering special exchange-out slots for our UG students in the Spring Term as an exceptional arrangement. More details will be worked out and announced by the Office of Global Learning soon.
The University management will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with all HKUST members on any updates.
Once again, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all members for their patience and hard work. The concerted efforts, team spirit, and mutual support shown by our fellow members at this trying time are exemplary. The University hopes that colleagues and students will work together to bring the activities on campus back on course.
Wei SHYY, President
Lionel NI, Provost
Mark HODGSON, Vice-President for Administration and Business