HKUMed on COVID-19

Announcements for Students and Staff


(28 Mar 2020) Latest Announcement on Campus Facilities and Face-to-Face Teaching Arrangement

With the recent surge in the number of COVID-19 infection cases, the University will follow the Government's advice and introduce new social distancing measures to reduce crowd gatherings and minimise the chance of infection in the community.

Closure of Campus Facilities

Starting from March 29, the following facilities will be closed for two weeks:

  • All HKU Libraries
  • Learning Commons

Online services will be maintained but there will not be face-to-face services provided during this period. 

All book drops and book returns will be closed. Due dates of books due before May 3 that are not requested by other users will be automatically extended to May 4. Please check email announcement from the Medical Library for other details.

Delay of Face-to-Face Teaching

Final year Undergraduate face-to-face teaching and any Taught Postgraduate face-to-face teaching will be delayed for two weeks. 

The pandemic situation is changing rapidly and we are committed to ensuring that teaching and learning can be conducted as safely as possible.

Please stay vigilant and continue to make personal health your top priority.

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Important message from Task Force on Infectious Diseases

Dear staff and students, 

With the recent surge in the number of COVID-19 infection cases, the University will follow the Government's advice and introduce new social distancing measures to reduce crowd gatherings and minimise the chance of infection in the community. Starting from March 29, all HKU Libraries and the Learning Commons will be closed for two weeks.  Online services will be maintained but there will not be face-to-face services provided during this period.  

The University will continue to monitor and assess the situation, and keep the University community posted.  We are actively reviewing other services provided on campus, for which separate announcements will be made.  Please check with the COVID-19 INFO HUB on the University Main Page for services update.

Task Force on Infectious Diseases

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Important message from Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President & Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning)

Dear students,

In light of the recent surge in the number of COVID-19 infection cases and following the HK government's advice, the University has decided that final year Undergraduate face-to-face teaching and any Taught Postgraduate face-to-face teaching will be delayed for two weeks, in order to minimise the chance of infection in the community. 

The pandemic situation is changing rapidly and we are committed to ensuring that teaching and learning can be conducted as safely as possible. We very much appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Please stay vigilant and continue to make personal health your top priority. 

Professor Ian Holliday 
Vice-President & Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning)

(27 Mar 2020) MBBS Final Examinations in April / May 2020

To: MBBS Final Year Students

Dear Students,

You probably have been made aware of the Hong Kong Government’s latest move to limit the number of people who can gather together in public places to only four, which will take effect for two weeks starting from this Sunday, March 29.   

We are now looking into the Government’s announcement in relation to the upcoming MBBS Final Examinations.  The T&L Deanery is already engaging in an active dialogue with the relevant authorities, and we will keep you posted once we have clarified the details of the proposed measure and completed further consideration.  

Understandably you may find the news disconcerting.  Please stay calm and be focused on your studies, and leave this matter to us.  Your wellbeing is of utmost importance to the Faculty.  I assure you that we are making every effort to come to a suitable arrangement for you and for the community at large.

Take good care of yourself and stay healthy!

(22 Mar 2020) HKU Campus Arrangements

Important message from Task Force on Infectious Diseases

In light of the latest developments of the COVID-19 in Hong Kong, the University will, starting from March 23 until further notice, make necessary adjustments to its operations.

Work Arrangements

  • Apart from staffing for emergency and essential services, staff shall work from home to provide basic department services.
  • Heads of Departments will communicate with their staff members about the detailed work arrangements to be made as per the department's situation.

Access to University Facilities

  • Main Library and the Learning Commons: Open with restricted access to current students and staff.
  • The University Health Service (UHS) : Continue to maintain operation with the necessary adjustments to non-urgent services in order to redeploy more resources to handle the care related to the COVID-19 threat.
  • Sports facilities under the Centre for Sports and Exercise: Closed
  • On-campus catering: Continue on a reduced basis, for which separate announcements will be made.

The University will continue to monitor and assess the situation, and keep the University community posted.

For services update, please check the HKU COVID-19 info hub.

(14 Mar 2020) Further advice to HKUMed students undertaking learning or research activities abroad

To: All students who are currently undertaking learning/research activities abroad

Pursuant to the email sent to you yesterday, we write to give further specific advice as follows.

HKUMed strongly urges all Hong Kong students to return to Hong Kong as soon as possible. For non-local students who are now abroad, you are urged to leave your current location and return home and stay put until further notice, except for those whose hometown is in Hubei Province.   

All students returning to Hong Kong are required to observe the government’s compulsory quarantine requirement, available at: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html

For those who do not fall under the compulsory quarantine requirements, you are strongly encouraged to stay at home for 14 days, exercise social distancing and take all measures so as to reduce the risk as far as possible. You should also refrain from entering the University campus for 14 days following your return to Hong Kong. Should you have any symptoms, you should seek medical care as soon as possible.
 
For MBBS students undertaking EY programmes abroad, please update us on your decision once it has been made by completing the form here: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?ueid=69414
 
For RPg students who choose to return from overseas exchange/study leave, please communicate with your overseas collaborator and HKU supervisor about your travel plan and discuss with them about your alternative research plan in lieu of overseas exchange.
 
Stay safe and healthy.

(13 Mar 2020) HKUMed recalling all students overseas due to COVID-19 pandemic

To: All students who are currently participating in official non-local learning activities

In view of the rapidly deteriorating global situation with COVID-19, students who are currently participating in official non-local learning activities (outside Hong Kong) should seriously consider returning to Hong Kong.  Anyone who decides to return to Hong Kong should do so as soon as possible.  

Safety should be your top priority and concerns about possible impact on your academic work should not affect your decision making.  The Faculty will exercise maximum flexibility for the academic requirement under these programmes. Details will be announced soon.

Those who choose to stay should exercise all safety precautions and contact us at enrichme@hku.hk or your supervisor / department head.

(10 Mar 2020) Teaching and learning arrangements at HKUMed for Semester 2, 2019/20

To: All HKUMed students and staff
 
[This announcement is intended to supersede the announcement issued on March 6, 2020 (revisions are marked in blue for easy reference).]

Following the University’s announcement, the Faculty would like to provide our students with latest information on teaching and learning arrangements for HKUMed programmes for the rest of the semester.  In essence:

  • Small group teaching that must be conducted face to face at non-hospital areas will begin on May 1, 2020 the earliest.  Group size of these small group teaching will be further reduced, as appropriate, to maintain low density at a single venue.  Students and teachers are required to put on their surgical masks during class, and are advised to avoid congregating before or after the classes.  The Faculty and the respective School/Departments will monitor closely and continuously the arrangements for small group teaching for safety of students and teachers.
  • All other classes that are didactic in nature will continue in e-learning format.
  • Please refer to details below for teaching and examination arrangements of individual programmes.
  • For students’ options of assessment choice for individual courses in Semester 2, i.e. letter grading, pass/fail grading or late drop as announced by the University, this is only applicable to certain courses and/or certain programmes at HKUMed.  Please refer to separate announcements for individual programmes to be issued by the Faculty or the respective School/Departments in due course, when more information is available from the University.

 
1. MBBS
 
MBBS Final Year: MBBS Final Examinations would be held in April/May 2020 with infection control measures in place.  The examination timetable and related arrangements have been announced by the Faculty earlier.
 
MBBS I and II: Small group teaching that must be conducted face to face, such as practical and clinical skills sessions, will be arranged on Sassoon Road Campus beginning May2020.  Group size of these small group teaching will be reduced, as appropriate.  All other classes that are didactic in nature will continue in e-learning format.  Summative assessments will be pushed back to July 2020 with infection control measures in place, as appropriate.  Schedules of small group teaching and summative assessments will be announced upon finalisation.  Arrangements for the Chinese course for MBBS II will be announced at a later time.
 
MBBS III Enrichment Year: Arrangements remain unchanged.  Details on the assessment will be announced soon.
 
Junior and Specialty Clerkships: The Faculty is liaising with the Hospital Authority for a resumption date of clinical teaching at low risk areas within hospital compounds and clinics across town.  The liaison will take time and it is expected that the possible resumption date will not be in the near future.  The Faculty is planning for a different strategy for teaching of didactic materials of Junior and Specialty Clerkships during this period, before resumption of teaching within hospital compounds.  Details will be announced later this month.
 
The Fourth Summative Assessment in 2020 will be pushed back appropriately.  Examination arrangements are to be announced when we have a clearer picture of resumption of teaching within hospital compounds.  
 
Junior and Specialty Clerkships students are advised to stay in Hong Kong this summer and should prepare that the term break during Christmas and New Year in December 2020 will be significantly shortened.
 
2. BNurs 

All teaching will be conducted in e-learning format, except small group teaching that must be conducted face to face, such as practical and skill laboratory sessions which will be arranged on Sassoon Road Campus beginning May 2020.  Group size of these small group teaching will be reduced, as appropriate.  The School of Nursing is liaising with the Hospital Authority and other collaborative partners for a resumption date of clinical practicum at hospitals and community settings, details of which will be announced by the School as soon as possible.  Examinations including OSCA are aimed to be held in May 2020 with infection control measures in place, as appropriate.  Separate announcements will be made by the School of Nursing in due course.
 
3. BChinMed

Teaching will continue in e-learning format as far as possible.  Small group teaching that must be conducted face to face, such as practical and clinical skills sessions, will be arranged on Sassoon Road Campus beginning May 2020.  Examinations for Years 1 to 5 are targeted to be held in May/June 2020 and the clinical oral examination for final-year students will be held in May 2020, all with infection control measures in place as appropriate.  Details of teaching and examination arrangements for different years of studies will be announced by the School of Chinese Medicine in due course.
 
4. BPharm


Teaching will be conducted following the teaching schedule in e-learning format for the rest of the semester.  Examinations (including OSCE for the final year students) will be held in May 2020 on Sassoon Road Campus and the Main Campus with infection control measures in place, as appropriate.  Lab-based practical sessions will be arranged for Years 1-3 students in June after the final examinations.
 
5. BBiomedSc

All BBMS courses will continue by online learning according to the original teaching schedules. The two practical courses BBMS2001 Basic Biomedical Laboratory Techniques and BBMS3004 Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory will be adapted for online learning.  For BBMS4001 Final Year Project, students will have an option to complete their project without further experimentation with greater weighting to be placed on literature review and with options for oral presentations by video conferencing.  All BBMS examinations for this semester are to be held online in May 2020. 
 
6. BSc(Exercise&Health)

For all EXSC courses, teaching will be delivered in e-learning format.  All practical sessions and field trips will be replaced by alternative assessment components.  Adjustments on the assessment and assignment format/submission deadline will be made with details to be announced by the course lecturer.  For the final-year project EXSC4000 Dissertation, students will be given an option to either continue with their current research study, or change to another feasible approach as advised by their supervisor.  The assessment will be 100% based on the written dissertation, without the oral presentation component.  Details of arrangement will be announced by the School of Public Health in due course.
 
7. BASc(GHD)

For the compulsory course GHAD1002 Introductory Economics and Finance, teaching will be conducted in e-learning format for the rest of Semester 2 until May 16.  Adjustment to the assignment submission deadline will be made and announced, if necessary.  In line with the University, the final examination will be moved online to be held in May 2020.  Details of the examination arrangements will be announced by the School of Public Health in due course.  For courses offered by other Faculties, students should refer to the announcements made by the respective course-offering Faculties/units.
 
8. TPg programmes

Most teaching will continue to be conducted online.  Special arrangements for practicum and final examinations are being made.  The Programme Directors/Coordinators concerned will announce the detail arrangements to their own students in due course.
 
9. RPg programmes

RPg courses will continue to be conducted online.  Special arrangements for final examinations are being made.  The Course Coordinators concerned will announce the detail arrangements to their own students in due course.  For students’ whose research progress is affected by the outbreak and extension of candidature is thereby needed, they are requested to submit an application for candidature extension at least 3 months before their period of study is due to expire with an explanation of how their research has been deferred due to the outbreak.

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Important message from Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)

Dear colleagues and students

|We’re continuing to monitor and analyse the COVID-19 situation and its implications for the University. Within this still uncertain framework, we’re trying to figure out the best way forward for teaching and learning. As before, our absolute priority remains the health and safety of both HKU members and the general public.

With this at the forefront of our minds, we’re announcing a series of updates to our plans for the remainder of the semester. We recognise that the choices we’re able to make at the present time are not ideal, but we believe they’re the best that are available to our campus community.

Until the end of the teaching period on May 16, all teaching and learning will be delivered online.  There are just a few exceptions, including:

(1) Non-clinical laboratory, studio and practical skills components of courses for final-year students that have to be taught through face-to-face classes in order for students to graduate on time. We will arrange for these students to come on campus for low-density laboratory, studio and practical skills teaching sessions beginning no earlier than March 30. Their other classes will remain online. When required to come on campus, these students will be provided with face masks. Faculties will inform final-year students taking these courses of detailed arrangements at the start of next week.

(2) Clinical programmes in the Faculty of Dentistry and the Faculty of Medicine. These two Faculties will reach out separately to students enrolled in these programmes.

Assessment

Assessment components and weightings will conform to the arrangements already announced by course coordinators. However, for all courses taught online there will be no proctored, in-hall exams during the assessment period from May 18 to June 6. Instead, all ‘final exam’ components will be moved online. We’re asking teachers to rethink the tasks that will constitute the ‘final exam’ to ensure they’re suitable for online assessment.

Assessment choices

As in Semester 1, we’re offering all UG and TPG students three assessment choices:

  -  Continue with letter grading, where applicable (contributing to GPA)
  -  Change to pass/fail grading (not contributing to GPA)
  -  Opt out of the course entirely through a late drop option

Students will be able to make these choices through a link on SIS from March 23 to April 30. Full details will be announced within the next two weeks.

Pass/fail


We strongly advise all students to think carefully when opting for pass/fail grading. Courses that are simply passed will be recorded as P on the transcript, with no GPA. For UG students in particular, this could have important knock-on effects. Internally, we rely on SGPA data for elective opportunities, such as academic exchange and other funded programmes. Externally, employers and universities around the world examine transcripts in some detail when taking decisions about jobs and postgraduate study. Students without solid SGPA data from 2019-20 may therefore place themselves at a disadvantage.

Late drop

Students returning to the University beyond the normative study period solely to make up late dropped credits from 2019-20 will not be asked to pay a composition fee. Normally, this policy will apply only in 2020-21. However, in cases where a student is unable to make up the dropped credits in 2020-21 because the requisite course is not on offer or, in special cases where personal circumstances stand in the way, an extension to 2021-22 may be permitted.

As ever, many thanks for working together with us to get through a challenging semester. Please do write to me with queries: ian.holliday@hku.hk.

Best wishes,

Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)

(06 Mar 2020) Teaching and learning arrangements at HKUMed for Semester 2, 2019/20

To: All HKUMed students and staff
 
Following the University’s announcement, the Faculty would like to provide our students with latest information on teaching and learning arrangements for HKUMed programmes for the rest of the semester.  In essence:

  • Small group teaching that must be conducted face to face at non-hospital areas will begin on April 1, 2020 the earliest.  Group size of these small group teaching will be further reduced, as appropriate, to maintain low density at a single venue.  Students and teachers are required to put on their surgical masks during class, and are advised to avoid congregating before or after the classes.  The Faculty and the respective School/Departments will monitor closely and continuously the arrangements for small group teaching for safety of students and teachers.
  • All other classes that are didactic in nature will continue in e-learning format.
  • Please refer to details below for teaching and examination arrangements of individual programmes.
  • For students’ options of assessment choice for individual courses in Semester 2, i.e. letter grading, pass/fail grading or late drop as announced by the University, this is only applicable to certain courses and/or certain programmes at HKUMed.  Please refer to separate announcements for individual programmes to be issued by the Faculty or the respective School/Departments in due course, when more information is available from the University.

 
1. MBBS
 
MBBS Final Year: MBBS Final Examinations would be held in April/May 2020 with infection control measures in place.  The examination timetable and related arrangements have been announced by the Faculty earlier.
 
MBBS I and II: Small group teaching that must be conducted face to face, such as practical and clinical skills sessions, will be arranged on Sassoon Road Campus beginning April 2020.  Group size of these small group teaching will be reduced, as appropriate.  All other classes that are didactic in nature will continue in e-learning format.  Summative assessments are targeted to be held in the second week of June 2020 as scheduled with infection control measures in place, as appropriate, which will be confirmed when all schedules of small group teaching are finalised.  Arrangements for the Chinese course for MBBS II will be announced at a later time.
 
MBBS III Enrichment Year: Arrangements remain unchanged.  Details on the assessment will be announced soon.
 
Junior and Specialty Clerkships: The Faculty is liaising with the Hospital Authority for a resumption date of clinical teaching at low risk areas within hospital compounds and clinics across town.  The liaison will take time and it is expected that the possible resumption date will not be in the near future.  The Faculty is planning for a different strategy for teaching of didactic materials of Junior and Specialty Clerkships during this period, before resumption of teaching within hospital compounds.  Details will be announced later this month.
 
The Fourth Summative Assessment in 2020 will be pushed back appropriately.  Examination arrangements are to be announced when we have a clearer picture of resumption of teaching within hospital compounds.  
 
Junior and Specialty Clerkships students are advised to stay in Hong Kong this summer and should prepare that the term break during Christmas and New Year in December 2020 will be significantly shortened.
 
2. BNurs 

All teaching will be conducted in e-learning format, except small group teaching that must be conducted face to face, such as practical and skill laboratory sessions which will be arranged on Sassoon Road Campus beginning April 2020.  Group size of these small group teaching will be reduced, as appropriate.  The School of Nursing is liaising with the Hospital Authority and other collaborative partners for a resumption date of clinical practicum at hospitals and community settings, details of which will be announced by the School as soon as possible.  Examinations including OSCA are aimed to be held in late April to May 2020 with infection control measures in place, as appropriate.  Separate announcements will be made by the School of Nursing in due course.
 
3. BChinMed

Teaching will continue in e-learning format as far as possible.  Small group teaching that must be conducted face to face, such as practical and clinical skills sessions, will be arranged on Sassoon Road Campus beginning April 2020.  Examinations for Years 1 to 5 are targeted to be held in May/June 2020 and the clinical oral examination for final-year students will be held in April 2020 as scheduled, all with infection control measures in place as appropriate.  Details of teaching and examination arrangements for different years of studies will be announced by the School of Chinese Medicine in due course.
 
4. BPharm


Teaching will be conducted following the teaching schedule in e-learning format for the rest of the semester.  Examinations (including OSCE for the final year students) will be held in May 2020 on Sassoon Road Campus and the Main Campus with infection control measures in place, as appropriate.  Lab-based practical sessions will be arranged for Years 1-3 students in June after the final examinations.
 
5. BBiomedSc

All BBMS courses will continue by online learning according to the original teaching schedules. The two practical courses BBMS2001 Basic Biomedical Laboratory Techniques and BBMS3004 Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory will be adapted for online learning.  For BBMS4001 Final Year Project, students will have an option to complete their project without further experimentation with greater weighting to be placed on literature review and with options for oral presentations by video conferencing.  All BBMS examinations for this semester are to be held online in May 2020. 
 
6. BSc(Exercise&Health)

For all EXSC courses, teaching will be delivered in e-learning format.  All practical sessions and field trips will be replaced by alternative assessment components.  Adjustments on the assessment and assignment format/submission deadline will be made with details to be announced by the course lecturer.  For the final-year project EXSC4000 Dissertation, students will be given an option to either continue with their current research study, or change to another feasible approach as advised by their supervisor.  The assessment will be 100% based on the written dissertation, without the oral presentation component.  Details of arrangement will be announced by the School of Public Health in due course.
 
7. BASc(GHD)

For the compulsory course GHAD1002 Introductory Economics and Finance, teaching will be conducted in e-learning format for the rest of Semester 2 until May 16.  Adjustment to the assignment submission deadline will be made and announced, if necessary.  In line with the University, the final examination will be moved online to be held in May 2020.  Details of the examination arrangements will be announced by the School of Public Health in due course.  For courses offered by other Faculties, students should refer to the announcements made by the respective course-offering Faculties/units.
 
8. TPg programmes

Most teaching will continue to be conducted online.  Special arrangements for practicum and final examinations are being made.  The Programme Directors/Coordinators concerned will announce the detail arrangements to their own students in due course.
 
9. RPg programmes

RPg courses will continue to be conducted online.  Special arrangements for final examinations are being made.  The Course Coordinators concerned will announce the detail arrangements to their own students in due course.  For students’ whose research progress is affected by the outbreak and extension of candidature is thereby needed, they are requested to submit an application for candidature extension at least 3 months before their period of study is due to expire with an explanation of how their research has been deferred due to the outbreak.

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Important message from Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)

Dear colleagues and students

|We’re continuing to monitor and analyse the COVID-19 situation and its implications for the University. Within this still uncertain framework, we’re trying to figure out the best way forward for teaching and learning. As before, our absolute priority remains the health and safety of both HKU members and the general public.

With this at the forefront of our minds, we’re announcing a series of updates to our plans for the remainder of the semester. We recognise that the choices we’re able to make at the present time are not ideal, but we believe they’re the best that are available to our campus community.

Until the end of the teaching period on May 16, all teaching and learning will be delivered online.  There are just a few exceptions, including:

(1) Non-clinical laboratory, studio and practical skills components of courses for final-year students that have to be taught through face-to-face classes in order for students to graduate on time. We will arrange for these students to come on campus for low-density laboratory, studio and practical skills teaching sessions beginning no earlier than March 30. Their other classes will remain online. When required to come on campus, these students will be provided with face masks. Faculties will inform final-year students taking these courses of detailed arrangements at the start of next week.

(2) Clinical programmes in the Faculty of Dentistry and the Faculty of Medicine. These two Faculties will reach out separately to students enrolled in these programmes.

Assessment

Assessment components and weightings will conform to the arrangements already announced by course coordinators. However, for all courses taught online there will be no proctored, in-hall exams during the assessment period from May 18 to June 6. Instead, all ‘final exam’ components will be moved online. We’re asking teachers to rethink the tasks that will constitute the ‘final exam’ to ensure they’re suitable for online assessment.

Assessment choices

As in Semester 1, we’re offering all UG and TPG students three assessment choices:

  -  Continue with letter grading, where applicable (contributing to GPA)
  -  Change to pass/fail grading (not contributing to GPA)
  -  Opt out of the course entirely through a late drop option

Students will be able to make these choices through a link on SIS from March 23 to April 30. Full details will be announced within the next two weeks.

Pass/fail


We strongly advise all students to think carefully when opting for pass/fail grading. Courses that are simply passed will be recorded as P on the transcript, with no GPA. For UG students in particular, this could have important knock-on effects. Internally, we rely on SGPA data for elective opportunities, such as academic exchange and other funded programmes. Externally, employers and universities around the world examine transcripts in some detail when taking decisions about jobs and postgraduate study. Students without solid SGPA data from 2019-20 may therefore place themselves at a disadvantage.

Late drop

Students returning to the University beyond the normative study period solely to make up late dropped credits from 2019-20 will not be asked to pay a composition fee. Normally, this policy will apply only in 2020-21. However, in cases where a student is unable to make up the dropped credits in 2020-21 because the requisite course is not on offer or, in special cases where personal circumstances stand in the way, an extension to 2021-22 may be permitted.

As ever, many thanks for working together with us to get through a challenging semester. Please do write to me with queries: ian.holliday@hku.hk.

Best wishes,

Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)

(10 Feb 2020) Teaching and learning arrangements at HKUMed for Semester 2, 2019/20

To: All HKUMed students and staff

Following the University’s announcement below, the Faculty would like to provide our students with information on teaching and learning arrangements for HKUMed programmes for the rest of the semester.  
 
In general, all undergraduate teaching will continue in e-learning format (including the 2-week recess on February 17-29, 2020 proposed by the University, except for BASc(GHD)). 

1. MBBS

Final-year MBBS:  Considering the Hospital Authority’s timeline for intern allocation exercise for July 2020 and students’ progression to the Enhanced Pre-Internship Block in June, the Final MBBS Examinations will be held from April 1 to May 8, 2020, with the supplementary/re-examinations being held in mid-June 2020.  The Faculty is working with clinical departments to reschedule all the written and OSCE examinations and will announce the examination timetable once the arrangements are confirmed.  In this connection, the MBBS Elective originally scheduled for mid-April to mid-May 2020 will be cancelled.  

MBBS I and II: All classes will continue in e-learning format, as far as possible, except for classes that must be conducted face-to-face (e.g. practical and clinical skills sessions) which will be rescheduled.  The end date of teaching may have to be extended.  The First and Second Summative Assessments may be pushed back appropriately allowing time for students to revise before sitting the examinations.  

MBBS III Enrichment Year: Arrangements remain unchanged, same as the last announcement.

Junior Clerkship: Classes that are didactic in nature will continue through e-learning.  Clerkship rotations will be frameshifted appropriately when class resumes to ensure that students will have adequate clinical exposure:
 
- Rotation 2: The remaining clinical teaching and the end-of-rotation clinical tests will be rescheduled.  
- Rotation 3: The whole rotation will be frameshifted.
 
The Fourth Summative Assessment in 2020 will be pushed back appropriately allowing time for students to revise before sitting the examinations, with the supplementary/re-examination being held in July/August 2020.   As such, students are advised to stay in Hong Kong this summer.  
 
Senior Clerkship in 2020 will be frameshifted accordingly.  Students should prepare that the term break during Christmas and New Year in December 2020 will be significantly shortened.
 
Specialty Clerkship: Classes that are didactic in nature will continue through e-learning.  Clerkship rotations will be frameshifted appropriately when class resumes to ensure students will have adequate clinical exposure:
 
- Rotation 1: The remaining teaching will be frameshifted and the end-of-rotation CCTs will be rescheduled.
- Rotations 2-7: The full rotations will be frameshifted.
 
Because of the frameshifting in 2020, students should prepare that the Christmas and New Year break in December 2020 will be significantly shortened.  They will be arranged to sit the Final MBBS Examinations from April/May 2021 and have the supplementary/re-examinations run into the summer.  As such, we will have to omit MBBS Elective in 2021, and students are advised to stay in Hong Kong in summer 2021 as well.  
 
Separate announcements will be made by the Faculty for MBBS students in different years of studies, as and when appropriate.

2. BNurs

All teaching will be conducted in e-learning format, except skills lab sessions which will be rescheduled.  The School of Nursing has been in active liaison with clinical partners to rearrange the clinical practicum.  Examinations originally scheduled during the class suspension period have been rescheduled.  Together with examinations for this semester, all examinations are aimed to be held in May 2020.  Separate announcements on details of all these arrangements will be made by the School of Nursing in due course.
 
3. BBiomedSc

All BBMS courses will continue by online learning according to the original teaching schedules.  Continuous assessments and assessment weightings may be modified to suit online learning as advised by the course coordinators.  The two practical courses BBMS2001 Basic Biomedical Laboratory Techniques and BBMS3004 Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory will be adapted for online learning.  For BBMS4001 Final Year Project, students will have an option to complete their project without further experimentation with greater weighting to be placed on literature review and with options for oral presentations by video conferencing.  All BBMS examinations for this semester are aimed to be held in May 2020.  More details will be announced by the School of Biomedical Sciences in due course.
 
4. BChinMed

Teaching will continue in e-learning format as far as possible.  Teaching that must be held face-to-face or on site will be rescheduled.  Details of arrangements for different years of studies, including clinical teaching, as well as assessment methods for courses in Semester 2 will be announced by the School of Chinese Medicine in due course.  In addition, examinations scheduled during the class suspension period will be rescheduled, details to be announced by the School of Chinese Medicine.
 
5. BPharm

Basically, all teaching will continue following the teaching schedule in e-learning format, including PBL/workshop/student presentation.  All clinical teaching and ward visit (including UHS) will be cancelled and replaced by online clinical-based group discussions.  Practical classes will be conducted in recorded online format with data provided for students’ analysis and report writing.  Class tests may be conducted using alternative assessment methods (e.g. online quiz/assignment), as appropriate.  An e-platform enabling an online forum/live Q&A session for each course will be set up to facilitate students’ consultation.  All examinations for this semester are aimed to be held in May 2020.  Details of arrangement will be announced by the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy in due course. 
 
6. BASc(GHD)

For the compulsory course GHAD1002 Introductory Economics and Finance, teaching will be conducted in e-learning format in the rest of Semester 2 (except during the 2-week recess from February 17 to 29).  Adjustment to the assignment submission deadline will be made and announced, if necessary.  The final examination is targeted to be held in May 2020.  Details of arrangement will be announced by the School of Public Health in due course.  For courses offered by other Faculties, students should refer to the announcements made by the respective course-offering Faculties/units.  
 
7. BSc(Exercise&Health)

For all EXSC courses, teaching will be delivered in e-learning format.  All practical sessions and field trips will be replaced by alternative assessment components.  Adjustments on the assessment and assignment format/submission deadline will be made, details to be announced.  For the final-year project EXSC4000 Dissertation, students will be given an option to either continue with their current research study, or change to another approach as advised by their supervisor.  The assessment will be 100% based on the written dissertation, without the oral presentation component.  Details of arrangement will be announced by the School of Public Health in due course. 

8. TPg programmes

TPg Programme Directors and Coordinators have been consulted with regard to the teaching (lectures and tutorials), practicum and examination arrangements for the second semester 2019/20.  Most teaching will be conducted online.  Re-arrangement for practicum is being made and they may be deferred.  Re-arrangement for examinations (mostly being held in April-May 2020) will be determined later.  Programme Directors/Coordinators will announce the detail arrangements to their own students in due course.
 
9. RPg programmes

In addition to the tuition fee waiver for candidature extension necessitated by the disruption due to the outbreak, the Faculty would provide subsidies to full-time students during the extension period given that their Postgraduate Studentships will cease upon expiry of their normative study period.  Details will be announced in due course.

Classes at HKUMed will resume making reference to the resumption of campus teaching as announced by the University.  Further announcements will be made by the Faculty when appropriate.

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Important message from Vice President (Teaching and Learning) 

Dear colleagues and students

The University is continuing to draw on expert medical knowledge in monitoring the coronavirus situation in Hong Kong. While all of us are eager to return to teaching and learning in early March, we realize that it is now unlikely that scheduled classes on campus will be able to resume so quickly. As long as there is risk of infection in a crowded classroom, we cannot deliver face-to-face teaching. I’m writing to inform you of how we envisage the remainder of the semester unfolding.

Please note that the teaching and assessment schedules for professional undergraduate programmes may differ from those described below, and will be announced separately by programme directors.

Undergraduate programmes 

Now – February 15

As you know, we are devoting these two weeks to online learning.

February 17 – 29

As announced previously, we will take a recess for the final two weeks of the month to enable teachers to make course adjustments for the rest of the semester, and to enable students to engage in self-study based on the three weeks of teaching already undertaken in the semester.

March 2 – 28

Since the coronavirus situation in Hong Kong is likely to prevent us from resuming campus teaching in March, we will return to online learning for these four weeks. While some students may be able to visit the campus for specific activities, there will be no scheduled face-to-face classes. We plan to make use of the reading week (March 9-14) for online classes, though we will of course respond sympathetically to absence requests from colleagues and students with pre-existing commitments.

March 30 – May 16

We hope to resume scheduled classes on campus for these seven weeks. Should that not be possible because of ongoing health and safety concerns in Hong Kong, we will make an early announcement of alternative arrangements. (In the event that it becomes safe to return to on-campus teaching before the end of March, we will seize the opportunity and make an announcement to all students at least 14 days in advance.)

May 18 – June 6

We intend to conduct proctored exams during the assessment period, and will require all students taking exams to be present in the examination hall. We will move the assessment period back by one week, with the aim of bringing the semester to a close in early June. We have heard from many students, especially in the final year, about the importance of concluding the semester within a reasonable timeframe. We will make every effort to do that.



Taught postgraduate programmes

We are adopting a flexible approach to the scheduling of taught postgraduate programmes. Faculties or programme teams will announce the detailed teaching arrangements to their own cohorts of taught postgraduate students.

Research postgraduate programmes

University policy encourages research postgraduate students with no immediate need to visit the campus to undertake their research, and liaise with their supervisors, remotely. Students who need to conduct their research in a campus setting, such as a laboratory, must adhere to Government and University infection control protocols before returning to campus. All research postgraduate students should discuss their study plans in detail with their supervisors. We will respond sympathetically to requests for candidature extensions necessitated by disruptions experienced during this semester, and for tuition waivers for the extended period of studies.

Visiting campus

One general reminder during the current coronavirus situation in Hong Kong: colleagues and students who visit the campus must adhere to Government and University infection control guidelines. We will have no alternative but to take strict disciplinary action against anyone not adhering to them.
Once again, many thanks for your understanding and cooperation as we seek to navigate the remainder of an unprecedented and unpredictable semester. As before, please stay vigilant and continue to make personal health your top priority.

Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President & Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning)

(31 Jan 2020) Further suspension of all teaching at HKUMed

To: All HKUMed staff and students
 
In line with the University’s further suspension of campus teaching, all teaching at HKUMed, including classes to be conducted on Sassoon Road Campus and at all hospital compounds and clinics across town, will continue be suspended from February 17, 2020 and resume on March 2, 2020.  Teaching will be conducted in e-learning format, as far as possible, and make-up sessions will be arranged for class activities that must be held face-to-face or on site once classes are resumed.  Further notices will be issued by the Faculty Office or the respective Schools/Departments on the specific arrangements for individual programmes.
 
MBBS Final Year
There will NOT be Final MBBS written examinations in February as originally scheduled.  The Faculty is working on the final details of a contingency plan and will issue an announcement next week after conferring with clinical departments.
 
MBBS III Enrichment Year
As students are undertaking a variety of modules involving many parties and in multiple locations, separate messages will be issued, as appropriate, for different groups regarding the arrangements.

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Important message from The Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)


Dear Staff and Students,
 
Hong Kong is going through a very challenging time due to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus in Mainland China. The University has been closely monitoring and reviewing the virus situation in Hong Kong. Having continuously received advice from medical experts, we now come to the view that we will need more time before allowing all campus teaching to resume.
 
Undergraduate programmes
 
We have decided that campus teaching for undergraduate programmes will be suspended for two weeks from Monday, February 17, 2020, and will resume on Monday, March 2, 2020 (except for a few special programmes for which detailed arrangements will be announced separately in due course).
 
As previously announced, we will conduct online teaching and learning for two weeks from February 3 to February 17. This is to ensure that students make a start on their second semester learning. Building on the week of face-to-face classes conducted in the week before Chinese New Year, these two weeks will generate an opportunity for teachers and students to lay down the foundations of their courses.
 
The University will then move into recess for two weeks from February 17 to March 2. In this period, students may undertake self-study based on the three weeks of teaching already undertaken in the semester. However, no formal teaching and learning activities will be scheduled.
 
We are currently exploring options for ensuring that proper and adequate teaching is provided in the remainder of the semester. Our core aim is to deliver for students the face-to-face experience that has always defined education at HKU.
 
We are considering many ways of restructuring the semester to generate additional time for campus teaching. We may conduct regular teaching activities during the March reading week (March 9-14). We may extend the semester to end on a later date. We may schedule classes in the evenings and on weekends. This of course has to be decided by consideration of many factors and dynamic change of virus situations. 
 
Postgraduate Programmes
            
The Faculties or the programmes concerned will announce the teaching arrangements for taught postgraduate programmes in due course.
 
Research postgraduates should discuss their study plans with their supervisors. 
 
Like many in the society, we are dealing with tremendous human health challenges. The situation is changing rapidly and we hope to work with you to provide best possible delivery for our safety, teaching and learning. We very much appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Please stay vigilant and continue to make personal health your top priority.
 
Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President & Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning)

(26 Jan 2020) Class suspension at HKUMed

To: All HKUMed staff and students
 
In line with the following University’s announcement, all teaching at HKUMed, including classes to be conducted on Sassoon Road Campus and at all hospital compounds and clinics across town, will be suspended after the Chinese New Year until February 16, 2020.  Teaching will be conducted in e-learning format, as far as possible, and make-up sessions will be arranged for class activities that must be held face-to-face or on site once classes are resumed.  Further notices will be issued by the Faculty Office or the respective Schools/Departments on the specific arrangements for individual programmes.
 
In addition, arrangements for examinations that have been scheduled during the class suspension will be as follows:

•       BNurs(FT) and BChinMed examinations will be rescheduled
•       Final MBBS written examinations – the Faculty is working on the final details of a contingency plan and will issue an announcement after conferring with student representatives later this week.
 
MBBS III Enrichment Year students undertaking a variety of modules involving many parties and in multiple locations will receive separate messages for different groups regarding the arrangements.

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Important message from the President’s Office

 
Dear colleagues and students,
 
In light of the latest development of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, classes at the University will be suspended after the Chinese New Year holidays and will resume Monday, February 17, 2020. Detailed arrangements about in-class examinations, online teaching and make-up classes will be announced in due course.
 
Non-local students who are in Hong Kong are advised to stay in Hong Kong during the period when classes are suspended. Those who are not in Hong Kong at present should consider not returning to Hong Kong at this point in time. Research postgraduates should discuss their study plans with their supervisors. 
 
We have strengthened preventive measures as far as practicable across the University. However, students and colleagues, especially those in residential halls, should take proper precautions related to personal hygiene and prevention of transmission or infection. Please consult the advice and announcements provided by the University Health Service at http://www.uhs.hku.hk/phpedpr/novel_infectious_disease_of_PH_significance.php
 
In order to safeguard the health of all University members, and to be able to provide appropriate assistance to affected individuals, all students and colleagues returning from Mainland China must complete an online health screening form, which will be emailed to University members. 
 
The campus will remain open, and office and research labs will continue to operate, but heads of units and supervisors should communicate clearly with colleagues about working arrangements and exercise discretion regarding staffing flexibility as necessary, including work at home arrangements for some colleagues.
 
Events on campus in the coming weeks, especially events involving a large number of participants, should be rescheduled or cancelled.
 
The University has established a Task Force on Infectious Diseases, chaired by Vice-President (IA) Professor Norman Tien, to continually monitor and assess the situation. We will post updates to the University’s FaceBook page, HKU App and HKU Portal and website as appropriate and send bulk emails as necessary.
 
Please stay vigilant and continue to make your personal health a top priority.
 
Professor Xiang Zhang
President and Vice-Chancellor

(22 Jan 2020) Suspension of teaching within all hospital compounds

To: All HKUMed staff and students

In association with the first Wuhan Novel Coronavirus case confirmed in Hong Kong today, the Faculty has decided to suspend ALL teaching within ALL hospital compounds (including non-clinical areas) with effect from tomorrow, January 23, 2020, until further notice.  The measure applies to bedside teaching at wards, out-patient clinics, clinical attachments, practicum, tutorials, lectures and so on, to be conducted at hospitals for all students in the Faculty.
 
Classes to be held on Sassoon Road Campus will continue as scheduled.
 
The Faculty will reassess the situation and update students with the teaching and learning arrangements after the Chinese New Year.

(22 Jan 2020) Latest campus and health security arrangements for Sassoon Road Campus

To: all staff and students of HKUMed

On the latest measures for campus security and health security, we will provide periodic updates through emails. Please pay close attention to your email inboxes for the latest arrangements and information.

Campus Security

With the ongoing safety and security concerns across the entire university, students and staff must bring a valid UID at all times. You are required to cooperate when authorized personnel request that you show a UID when entering university premises.

Current security arrangements will remain in place until further notice.  We will keep you updated of campus security measures in accordance with university-wide policy.

Health Security

In light of the novel coronavirus that has emerged from Wuhan, all staff and students who travel for official purposes or for vacation to affected areas are required to declare to their unit supervisors the dates and location of travel upon their return to campus. If you are not feeling well, you must wear a surgical mask and seek medical advice immediately.

The Faculty will soon be installing temperature scanners as well as hand sanitizers at building entrances for William MW Mong Block, Lab Block and JCBIR. This is to maintain a safe learning and working environment.

The Faculty will be working with QMH on appropriate surgical masks for those involved in clinical work and training.  You will receive email notices from your Programme Director for further arrangements.

Given this is also the flu season, please take a sick leave if you are feeling unwell and exercise good hygiene at all times.  Each and every one of you play an essential role as a member of the Faculty and bear a collective responsibility for everyone’s well-being.

Students and staff can refer to the website of HKU Health Services and the Hong Kong Department of Health for the latest information and advice.