Nov. 21, 2019Print | PDF
Student safety and well-being is Laurier’s highest priority. The university recently advised all six of our exchange students studying in Hong Kong to leave the region due to ongoing political unrest and violence. All six have now left the territory and Laurier has urged them not to return.
Laurier has also cancelled exchange activities to Hong Kong for the coming winter semester and we are facilitating change of plans for students who were scheduled to study with our Hong Kong partner universities in the winter term.
Laurier kept in close touch with our students in Hong Kong over the past several months to offer support. Our two partner universities in the territory — Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Hong Kong — provided hotel stay, free of charge, for Laurier students who did not feel comfortable staying on campus. Last week, the two universities suspended courses and activities and moved all course work online so students could leave Hong Kong and complete their course work from Canada. Laurier strongly recommended that our students leave the region, and the university has offered financial assistance for flight changes and assistance to facilitate completion of courses.
Laurier continues to monitor the situation in Hong Kong and to stay in contact with our partner institutions, other Canadian universities with students situated there, and Global Affairs Canada.
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