National Chi Nan University (NCNU) will return to remote teaching from Sept. 23 to Oct. 3 as extra precautionary measures while Taiwan combats Delta variant clusters in New Taipei. The university's vast outdoor campus remains open to students seeking fresh air and nature, provided that social distancing is properly observed as part of level-2 pandemic procedures.
The Ministry of Education announced its latest set of guidelines for universities in Taiwan on Sept. 9, stipulating that institutions reserve 2.25 square meters per student for in-person instruction, adopt fixed and spaced-apart seating for classrooms, and adhere to public health protocols including mask requirements, brisk ventilation, and disinfection routines.
NCNU President Dr. Dong-Sing Wuu explains that the university has decided to implement stricter measures than required by resuming school via remote teaching between Sept. 23 and Oct. 3. In-person teaching will resume on Oct. 4 if no further directives are provided by the educational ministry; rolling adjustments will be made if necessary as NCNU’s pandemic prevention task force monitors the situation in Taiwan and abroad.
Originally scheduled for Sept. 12, the university’s open day for parents and students to meet professors from different departments will no longer be taking place on campus. The date of the virtual program and the YouTube broadcasting links will be announced shortly. This is to ensure the safety of all participants in face of twin threats — the coronavirus and the approaching super typhoon Cthanthu.
Dr. Wuu vows to keep the university safe with rolling adjustments as the pandemic continues to unfold with increasing unpredictability. The 150-hectare campus remains open to students following pandemic protocol and social distancing. More updates for incoming and international students will be posted on the school website and Twitter.
Taiwan’s latest pandemic updates are also available in English from CECC (Central Epidemic Command Center): https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En