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Universities move classes online as Covid-19 cases ramp up in Hong Kong

Universities move classes online as Covid-19 cases ramp up in Hong Kong

University of Hong Kong, Baptist University, and the University of Science and Technology have announced moving classes online in the week leading up to the Lunar New Year holiday.
Undergraduate and taught postgraduate classes at HKU, HKBU, and HKUST will move online starting Monday in light of the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in Hong Kong, according to notices from the universities issued on Saturday and Sunday.

Classes at HKBU will be held online from January 24 to 30, while online classes at HKU and HKUST will last until January 31. The only exceptions to these arrangements are classes requiring hands-on engagement including lab-based work, studio classes, and scheduled examinations. Faculties will notify students separately about these classes.

HKU students will be notified of teaching arrangements after the Lunar New Year break on February 8, while HKBU will make announcements on February 6.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Lingnan University announced over the weekend that they will provide hybrid learning and teaching options starting Monday, January 24. Online classes will be made available for those who choose to remain at home, and both universities hope to resume in-person classes after the Lunar New Year break.

In light of the Covid-19 outbreak at Yat Kwai House in Kwai Chung Estate, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Lingnan University has notified students and teaching staff residing in Kwai Chung Estate to isolate at home and to refrain from returning to campus. Online classes and make-up classes will be made available to those affected.

All secondary schools must suspend in-person classes by tomorrow, and schools are expected to remain closed until February 7, the government said in a statement.

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