Coronavirus emergency and APRU universities
May 20, 2020

On this page you will find:


We express our concern and support to our members at this very difficult and unpredictable time. The APRU Chair and Secretary General have expressed their concern in this letter to APRU members in China and Hong Kong SAR.

To assist APRU members as you confront this health challenge and associated policy responses from around the region we have posted this web page.

During the SARS emergency, APRU universities found it very helpful to know what others were doing to respond.  Therefore, we have put up this web page which includes links to members’ websites stating their policies and the actions they are taking.


APRU Plus: Addressing the Crisis


The ongoing COVID-19 situation has provided us with a reminder that even in uncertain times, APRU is a diverse community of people who lead, create, inspire and learn—together.

APRU members are already sharing their policies and actions responding to the crisis on our webpage Coronavirus emergency and APRU universities.


As a service to our members, we have prepared APRU Plus an online hub of information for all of us working virtually. This hub gives members access to webinars, knowledge exchange, and communications updates about the ongoing health crisis and the universities across the Asia Pacific.




Universities’ Preparedness and Response Towards Multi-Hazards: COVID-19, Natural, and Human-Induced Hazards

The APRU Multi-Hazards program hosted by Tohoku University collected case studies to learn about the efforts made by universities in the response and preparedness toward the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other hazards such as earthquakes, fires, and anthropogenic hazards. It also aims to investigate how to prepare for future pandemics and disasters more effectively.


This compilation which includes 26 case studies from 13 countries and region is a record of what had happened as well as the success and failures. It is crucial to learn from these experiences and to be prepared for future hazardous events. This publication will also be useful for universities to strengthen their current strategy and plan to establish a resilient campus against various types of hazards to protect the lives of the university community as well as the assets on campus.


Download the report


Vaccine research deepens university-industry collaboration


The intensified search for a vaccine against COVID-19 has pushed vaccine research to the top of collaborative medical and R&D research projects between Japanese universities, drug companies and the government in Japan.


For example, it is funding a university-led task force for joint COVID-19 research projects established by prominent Japanese universities, including the University of Tokyo, Keio University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Kitasato University and Osaka University, with experts from diverse fields, including infectious diseases, virology, molecular genetics, genomic medicine and computational science.


Read full article >>


UQ vaccine scientists report positive results from pre-clinical testing


Pre-clinical testing of The University of Queensland’s COVID-19 vaccine has produced positive indications about its potential effectiveness and manufacturability.


Read full article >>


HKUST’s All-Round Efforts to Help Fight COVID-19 Pandemic


The unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 since December 2019 has been sweeping across continents, with confirmed cases surpassing 220,000 and death toll exceeding 8,000 worldwide to date. This highly contagious virus has quickly flared up elsewhere and become an unforeseen global challenge. The entire HKUST community as a global citizen has a role to play in the concerted response to this significant public health threat.


Read how HKUST is fighting COVID-19 now >>




Practical recommendations for the management of diabetes in patients with COVID-19


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Stefan R Bornstein, Francesco Rubino, Kamlesh Khunti, Geltrude Mingrone, David Hopkins, Andreas L Birkenfeld, Bernhard Boehm, Stephanie Amiel , Richard IG Holt, Jay S Skyler, J Hans DeVries, Eric Renard, Robert H Eckel, Paul Zimmet, Kurt George Alberti, Josep Vidal, Bruno Geloneze, Juliana C Chan, Linong Ji, Barbara Ludwig


National Response to COVID-19 in the Republic of Korea and Lessons Learned for Other Countries


Article: e-1753464 | Received 30 Mar 2020, Accepted 06 Apr 2020, Published online: 29 Apr 2020


The second affiliated hospital released the Guidebook of Hospital Response Strategy to COVID-19


Zhejiang University


Drawing upon the firstline experience of the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine in the fight against the pandemic, a guidebook – COVID-19 outbreak: Hospital Response Strategy was released on April 11, which offers applicable references to a wider audience.


Fast Funding for COVID-19 Science


Science funding mechanisms are too slow in normal times and may be much too slow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fast Grants are an effort to correct this.


If you are a scientist at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding, we invite you to apply for a Fast Grant. Fast Grants are $10k to $500k and decisions are made in under 48 hours. If we approve the grant, you’ll receive payment as quickly as your university can receive it.


Corona Virus (COVID-19) “Infodemic” and Emerging Issues through a Data Lens: The Case of China


Jinling Hua and Rajib Shaw *
Keio University, Fujisawa 252-0082, Japan; [email protected]
*Correspondence: [email protected]


Building resilience against biological hazards and pandemics: COVID-19 and its implications for the Sendai Framework


Riyanti Djalante (a,b), Rajib Shawb (bc,), Andrew DeWit (d),  


a. Academic Programme Officer, United Nations University-Institute for the Advances Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Japan
b. Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), Japan
c. Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan
d. School of Economic Policy Studies, Rikkyo University, Japan


female lab technician doing research with a microscope in the lab. coronavirus

How Elsevier is supporting your response to COVID-19

Elsevier has made a variety of resources available to support our partners in the research, higher education and health communities

March 24, 2020 – Updated March 26, 2020

Covid-19’s highly infectious nature means there is a pressing need to find solutions. Universities can help Image: REUTERS
From virus-slaying air purifiers to delivery robots, how university inventions are fighting COVID-19

World Economic Forum Agenda

16 Mar 2020

Wei Shyy, President, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


COVID‐19 Effe
cts on US Higher Education Campuses

View report 

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is studying the effects of COVID‐19 (coronavirus) on global student mobility on U.S. higher education campuses. The series is to provide more information about the effects that COVID‐19 has had on international student mobility, and the measures U.S. higher education institutions are taking regar

ding international students currently on campus and those abroad, international students interested in studying in the United States, and U.S. students planning to study abroad.

The first survey was launched on Feb. 13, 2020, and specifically focuses on the effects of COVID‐19 with regard to academic student mobility to and from China. As the COVID‐19 outbreak evolves, IIE will administer follow‐on surveys to the U.S. higher education community to monitor the unfolding situation and to keep the international education community informed.

For more information, please visit or email [email protected].


Harvard University

Coronavirus (COVID-19)



HKUST x University of Southern California Webinar: Sustainability as the New Normal – A Vision for the Future

10:00am – 11:15am


How will 2020 pandemic change the future sustainability policies in U.S., Hong Kong, China, and the world? USC Professor Marlon Boarnet and HKUST Professor Hong Lo, renowned scholars on transportation, environment, and urban planning; with Professor Christine Loh and Noah Miller, subject experts and strategists on environment and climate change, will talk about the new definition of sustainability after the pandemic and how the disruption forces us to change in every aspect. Head of Sustainability at HKUST, Davis Bookhart, will moderate the discussion.

More information is available on the HKUST website >>

Register by November 15th HKT >>


Japan MEXT Top Global University Project Online Symposium: International Collaboration in Higher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Time: September 30th 17:00 (JST)

Register here.

With the spread of COVID-19, international exchange at universities is entering a new phase. Although online lectures have become prevalent in Japan, universities around the world are now considering various means of international collaboration in education and research including online exchanges and hybrid styles that combine both virtual and physical interaction.

In this symposium, new ideas and case studies will be shared and discussed regarding the future of international exchange in education and research. By clarifying the common hallenges faced by global universities and awareness of these with regard to international exchange in the post-COVID era, the symposium aims to help sketch a new blueprint for higher education along with what international exchange should look like in the future.

For more information about the symposium, please visit the website.


Japan and the World in the Era of COVID-19: Considering whether the new paradigm is a crisis or an opportunity

Register here for the final webinar with a wrap-up discussion in English on July 29.

COVID-19 brings significant impacts on peoples, countries, and the world. It is thought that this will bring earth-shattering changes in the future. By examining Japan’s response to the first wave of COVID-19, the analyses implied that vulnerabilities on informational infrastructure and delay of innovations and social implementation were showed in several cases.

To gain a deep understanding of the new paradigm, Keio University has organized four webinars bi-weekly from June 17 to July 29. The series include a broad range of topics from health, technology, economy to law. Experts from Japan and around the world provide international perspectives based on their active involvement in fighting against COVID-19.

For more information about the webinar series, please visit
View the recording here in English.


WEBINAR: Korea University Medicine The Next-Normal Conference 2020

This conference will provide a forum for discussion on predicting the “Next-normal” of human society, including health care, economic growth, development and leadership after COVID-19.

Young-Hoon Kim, President of Korea University Medicine says, “it’s time to look for serious concerns and directions for a sustainable human society after COVID-19. We hope that this conference will provide meaningful implications and directions for us in the future, not only in the area of health care but also for social and economic areas of various fields at home and abroad.”

The conference will be held in the form of a “hybrid conference” that combines online and offline participation.

Date: July 23, 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Korean Time UTC+9)
Enquiries: [email protected]
Live Broadcast on YouTube.

Simultaneous interpretation Korea-English will be provided.


Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic
UC Berkeley

Self-paced Free Course

The course will provide you with a broader and more comprehensive understanding of the pandemic. We have gathered faculty with a wide range of expertise to deliver over 20 lectures addressing essential topics relevant to the prevention and control of this deadly infectious disease that has affected the entire globe. The course starts with an introduction to the history of global pandemics and lessons learned, and then moves on to the biology, epidemiology, diagnostics, and basic concepts in modeling the spread of the virus. The course then shifts to cover prevention and control strategies, including the populations most at risk during this pandemic and the systemic causes of these disparate impacts. Finally, we cover how organizations and individuals are coping, and look at the range of potential health and economic impacts of this pandemic that depend on our global and local responses. The course is followed by a short exam where we allow you to test your knowledge and deepen your learning. Thank you again for your interest in the course. We hope that this course helps you better understand the pandemic and what you can do to respond to it.


WORKSHOP: Using Coronavirus to Teach Science

In this new global landscape, how can educators incorporate coronavirus examples to enhance student learning? In this four-week workshop, educators will practice applying principles of active learning, inclusivity, and assessment to develop student learning activities focused on coronavirus in their discipline. Disciplines might include global health, mathematical modeling, biology, epidemiology, sustainability, city planning, and others.

Application Deadline: June 20, 2020
Cost: $500 U.S. dollars (If you are interested in attending, but the fee is a barrier, please contact us)
Details: July 6 – July 29, 2020
Time: Workshops will be offered at two different times to accommodate a global audience.
Mondays and Wednesdays 7-9 a.m. Pacific Time (Central European/Middle East/Africa Time)
Mondays and Wednesdays 5-7 p.m. Pacific Time (Asia Pacific Time)

We look forward to learning together with a group of educators from around the globe. Please be in touch with Elly Vandegrift, Program Director for Global STEM Education Initiatives with any questions.


[LIVE] “Biases, Norms and Culture: A Framework for Understanding Our Responses to a Pandemic

Date: June 23, 2020
Time: 16:30 – 17:45 HKT (GMT+8)

Register Now

The COVID-19 pandemic has put all of us in uncharted territory. No nation is unaffected by the outbreak and there is no uniform formula tackling the crisis. We see varied approaches and responses from cities and individuals.  Join us for the upcoming webinar, as part of the global webinars under the theme “Navigating a World of Disruption”,  in partnership with KTH Royal Institute of Technology to learn how people respond to the pandemic from different perspectives—social & cultural, public health, public transportation, urban planning & design. Through the academic exchanges, we wish to better understand how the new normal will be in the post-pandemic era.

Registration closes on June 23 at 12:00 HKT (GMT+8).


Medical Education in Pandemic: Screen to Screen or Face to Face

May 22, 2020
16:00-18:00 (HKT)

Hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many medical educators have continued to teach their students by adopting new methods in teaching and assessment. As educators, we believe in learning from experience. In this webinar, we will be sharing experiences from medical teachers and students around the world. The audience will hear that bedside teaching may be possible, online education can be conducted interactively, and social distancing may still be compatible with face to face examinations. Most importantly, the audience can gain some insight into the readiness of our students to be doctors during the pandemic. We will have speakers from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

Details can be accessed via the CUHK website. Registration is free on a first come, first-serve basis. Everyone is welcome.


Entering the New Realm of International Higher Education

Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT)
Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia

in collaboration with

International Relations Centre (UKM Global)
The National University of Malaysia (UKM)
Email: [email protected]

This program aims to discuss the impact that the current Covid-19 has had on international higher education and how universities are reacting to the situation. It follows through the plan of actions done by universities from different parts of the world in dealing with this global battle. The pandemic has changed what traditional teaching and learning environment used to be like and universities have to now accelerate their speed of transformation in adapting to these new challenges.

The panel of experts consist from scholars to practitioners from four different regions sharing their experiences in dealing with this unplanned necessary change. The discussion includes their strategy in embracing this new normal of education and the preparations involved in realizing this strategy.


Tsinghua University – Didi Joint Research Center for Future Mobility

March 20, 2020 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Beijing Time)
Combating the Coronavirus with Big Traffic Data – China and the World Stay Hand in Hand, Heart to Heart

Meeting Agenda

Tsinghua University – Didi Joint Research Center for Future Mobility is holding an online seminar on March 20, 2020 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Beijing Time) with the topic “Combating the Coronavirus with Big Traffic Data – China and the World Stay Hand in Hand, Heart to Heart”. The seminar will focus on the applications of big traffic data analytics in coronavirus combat and the experiences that could be shared under international background. In-depth discussions and extensive exchanges will be carried out among leading experts from governments, schools, international organizations and enterprises.


Migrating a Whole University to “Online Real-Time Interactive” Teaching: An Experience-Sharing Forum

March 18, 2020
The discussion covered issues such as: Strategic and Technological Decisions​, Faculty and TA Training and Support, Migrating Common Teaching Practices​ (From whiteboards to visualizers), Student Support and Feedback​, Assessments and Exams , and Faculty Experiences​.

This webinar is for senior administrators in charge of teaching and learning. A recording of the webinar and resources can be found at the HKUST website.


APRU Members



The Australian National University

Jane O’Dwyer
Vice-President (Engagement and Global Relations)
Email: [email protected]

The University of Queensland

Mr Rongyu Li
Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice President (External Engagement)
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement)
Email: [email protected]

The University of Sydney

Coronavirus (COVID-19) research and expertise: Information to keep our global community safe

Discover the latest research, analysis and podcasts from our University of Sydney experts addressing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection: University of Sydney advice


China and Hong Kong SAR

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Act Together Against Covid-19:

CU Medicine on Covid-19:


Ms. Shally Fan, Director of Academic Links, Office of Academic Links, [email protected]

Ms. Amy Chan, Senior Programmer Manager, Office of Academic Links, [email protected]

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Covid-19 Info@HKUST

Eliza Tam
Manager (Global Engagement & Greater China Affairs)
Office of the Vice-President for Institutional Advancement
Email: [email protected]

Zhejiang University

Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment officially launched


Chinese Taipei

National Taiwan University

Contact information:
Campus Health Center: +886 3366-2156, (Office hours,8AM – 5PM) [email protected]
Campus Safety Center: +886 3366-9119, (24hr)[email protected]


University of Chile

Espacio en la web de la U. de Chile que agrupa los contenidos relacionados al COVID-19:

Encuesta de Monitoreo COVID-19 realizada junto al Colegio Médico de Chile

Web para consultas para integrantes de la comunidad universitaria U- de Chile

Iniciativas de integrantes de la comunidad universitaria en tiempos de pandemia:

Propuesta para una Estrategia Nacional de Salud Mental en contexto de pandemia:


Keio University

Important Notices on COVID-19 (University Measures)

Osaka University

Latest information about the novel coronavirus from Osaka University

Tohoku University

COVID-19 Information and Preventive Measures



Seoul National University

Link : SNU Academic Policies and Procedures against COVID-19 Infection

Contact :

1) SNU Health Service Center : +82-2-880-5339 (From 9am to 6pm)

2) Gwanak-gu Community Health Center : +82-2-879-7131 (24 Hours)

3) Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(KCDC) : 1339 (24 Hours)



Universiti Malaya

Creating the future of public health


Tecnológico de Monterrey

Coronavirus Covid-19

Coronavirus Announcement – Tecnológico de Monterrey

Cuida tu Mente



New Zealand

University of Auckland

Coronavirus outbreak




University of the Philippines

Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Advice for the UP Community 



National University of Singapore

NUS advisories:
Dean of Students’ updates


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

NTU experts fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on all levels

Guide for COVID-19 remote consultation by primary carers designed by NTU Singapore scientist and peers



Chulalongkorn University

Download the complete Summary of Chula’s responses to COVID-19.

Chula COVID19 website:

The Great Digital Leap Forward:

School of Integrated Innovation, Chulalongkorn University Moves to Hybrid Teaching Model Amidst Corona Outbreak

CU Introduces Online Learning Innovation Center



University of California Berkeley

For travel advisory:

For health advisory:

University of California Davis

UC Davis Global Affairs: Travel Announcement: Novel Coronavirus
UC Davis Dateline: Coronavirus: Travel Warning, Other Cautions
UC Davis Student Affairs: Coronavirus Update; Precautions During Cold and Flu Season
UC Davis Health: What you need to know about the novel coronavirus


University of California Los Angeles


University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Anderson Sutton
Dean, School of Pacific and Asian Studies & Assistant Vice Chancellor for International and Exchange Programs
email:  [email protected]


University of Southern California


University of Washington

Novel coronavirus & COVID-19: facts and resources

ALERT: COVID-19 travel restrictions

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