Universities move classes online as Covid-19 cases surge in Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong, Baptist University and University of Science and Technology announced the move of online classes in the week before the Lunar New Year holiday.

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses taught at HKU, HKBU and HKUST will go live from Monday in light of the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in Hong Kong, according to university notices released on Saturday and Sunday. .

Classes at HKBU will be held online from January 24 to 30, while online classes at HKU and HKUST will last until January 31. The only exceptions to these arrangements are courses requiring hands-on engagement, including lab work, studio classes and exams. Faculties will inform students separately about these courses.

HKU students will be notified of teaching arrangements after the Lunar New Year break on February 8, while HKBU will make announcements on February 6.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Lingnan University announced over the weekend that they will be offering hybrid learning and teaching options starting Monday, January 24. Online classes will be made available for those who choose to stay at home, and both universities hope to resume in-person classes after the Lunar New Year break.

In light of the Covid-19 outbreak at Yat Kwai House in Kwai Chung Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Lingnan University have advised students and teaching staff residing at Kwai Chung Estate to self-isolate home and refrain from returning to campus. Online courses and remedial courses will be made available to those concerned.

All secondary schools are to suspend in-person classes by tomorrow, and schools are expected to remain closed until February 7, the government said in a statement.