Teaching Arrangement in Term 1, 2021-22
18 May 2021
With the current COVID-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong steadily improving and as more vaccines against the virus have been administered, the University has decided to have a full return to face-to-face teaching and learning activities in Term 1, 2021-22 academic year.
Return to face-to-face teaching and learning
The University will resume face-to-face teaching and learning so that the entire University community can be re-connected in person and on-site again. Lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory/studio/practicum-based subjects will be conducted face-to-face on campus to maximise students’ learning experience. At the same time, we will continue to adopt innovative technologies and pedagogies to promote quality teaching and learning. Online materials and recorded courses will also be made available as part of the total teaching and learning experience. Only students whose studies are affected by exceptional circumstances, for example, postgraduate students who are working outside Hong Kong during part of the term, may apply for exemption from face-to-face teaching and learning, and exemption will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Students who are currently outside Hong Kong
Students who are currently outside Hong Kong should make plans to prepare for their return to campus before the term starts. You are advised to prepare your travel plan well in advance, taking into consideration the latest immigration restrictions for entry to Hong Kong imposed by the HKSAR Government, and allow for enough time to undergo the compulsory quarantine, if applicable, before you return to campus. For updated information about the quarantine requirements, please visit: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html .
The University will request that all face-to-face lectures be recorded and made available online for students to retrieve and revise at their own pace. But as pointed out above, lecture recording is not meant to replace in-person classroom experience.
All final examinations to be conducted at the end of Term 1 will adopt the on-campus proctored mode.
Student exchange activities
The University intends to resume both inbound and outbound student exchange activities as far as practical. As travel restrictions may be changed at short notice, we will work closely with our partner institutions to provide students with timely guidelines and advice.
Students and staff returning to campus
Staff and students who plan to travel outside Hong Kong in the summer should allow sufficient time to undergo the mandatory quarantine, if applicable, before returning to campus. All staff and students are strongly encouraged to get fully vaccinated not only for their own protection but also for the protection of others. Staff and students who are not able to get fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to take a virus test before they return to the University.
With support by our Health, Safety and Environment Committee, the University has decided that all people (including students, wardens/tutors and their families) who reside in hostels on campus and the Heritage Lodge in Mei Foo (our off-campus student accommodation) shall be required to undergo regular virus tests if they are not fully vaccinated. Details concerning the implementation of this requirement and verification of test results will be announced by the Office of Student Affairs (for hostels on campus) and the School of Graduate Studies (for Heritage Lodge) in due course.
We look forward to welcoming staff and students back to the University in the new academic year. While on campus please stay vigilant and follow the precautionary measures that are put in place https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/social_distancing.html .