A letter from President of Ming Chuan University and MCU Epidemic Prevention Emergency Response Team
Dear Students and Parents:
The new semester will start on March 2, 2020, two weeks later than originally scheduled, due to COVID-2019. Final examinations will be rescheduled for the end of June 2020. Although the Graduation Examinations and Graduation Ceremony will be held as scheduled, the adjustment of the calendar will certainly inconvenience many of you. We appreciate your understanding of the importance of protecting everyone’s health.
Currently, COVID-19 is well controlled in Taiwan; however, campuses are a venue for group learning and activities, so we must be well prepared for disease containment. MCU has implemented infection prevention hygiene and sanitizing of teaching equipment at all locations. Moreover, we are well prepared for managing those who have recently traveled in an infected area with flexible measures for conducting courses. Please refer to “Disease Prevention” (https://web.mcu.edu.tw/zh-hant/content/containment) on MCU homepage for relevant information. The MCU Epidemic Prevention Emergency Response Team reminds you that all people – faculty, staff, students, and others visiting campus for official purposes – must have their temperature taken before entering any MCU campus from March 2, 2020. Students who live in the student dormitories will each have their temperature taken every evening as well. Any abnormal situations will be dealt with immediately in accordance with the presenting symptoms. Students are to prepare their own facial masks and wear them as needed, and take their own temperature every morning and evening. Please do not come to school if you do not feel well; that is the best and most important way to protect yourself and others. During this period, student sick leaves for disease prevention will be dealt with flexibly and will not affect student learning records.
Currently, all students from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and other infected areas announced by the government have not come back to Taiwan yet. Other international students who came back to Taiwan earlier have finished self-managed quarantine; therefore, there is no risk for them to return to campus for study. All we have to do is to implement self-managed disease prevention measures for ensuring campus safety. For those international students who are unable to return to campus for study, MCU faculty members have been practicing online teaching and evaluation; we are confident to maintain our teaching quality as usual. All faculty members and class advisors will pay attention to students’ learning situations, especially those international students who study online this semester. In the meantime, we hope that all students can care more about the international students who study online and cheer them up, because we are MCU Family. We sincerely hope that the whole MCU Family will be safe, healthy, and brave to proceed through this COVID-19 epidemic.
Teamwork is especially needed during this difficult time. “Maintain smiling composure and persist to the end” was frequently said by MCU Founder Pao, and is the best encouragement for this moment. Learning cannot be stopped, neither can improvement. This disease risk will be over soon, so we need to be brave in the meantime. MCU faculty and staff members are well prepared and welcome all students to come back to the campuses.
Happiness & Health
President of Ming Chuan University
Epidemic Prevention Emergency Response Team