Intl students lend support to virus fight

(study.edu.sh.gov.cn) | Mar 02, 2020

Sisavath Phonenasay (center) and several Laotian students in Shanghai pose for a group photo during a donation ceremony. [Photo/WeChat account: IECNUers]

International students from East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai have chosen to aid in the fight against COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus), according to the university.

The students have been following the latest developments on the epidemic and have done what they can to help fight the virus, the university reported.

Since the outbreak, 424 international students have chosen to stay in Shanghai, including 184 students at the school and have expressed full support for the measures taken by the Shanghai municipal government to combat the virus.

The university said some international students made donations to virus-hit areas, and some voiced support for China on social media.

When the outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, the international students from the School of Advanced International and Area Studies of ECNU entrusted the ECNU Education Development Fund to donate 5,000 yuan ($713) to the People’s Hospital of Wuhan University in support of the anti-epidemic work.

“As a country with a civilization of more than 5,000 years, China has experienced and overcome numerous hardships and difficulties. This epidemic is no different. It will only make the Chinese people more united. We believe that China and Wuhan will win this battle against the virus,” said Diadichko Aleksandra, a Russian student from School of Advanced International and Area Studies.

Shortly after the outbreak in Wuhan, Xu Shuang'an, president of the Laotian International Student Association in Shanghai and international student from ECNU, organized for all Laotian students in Shanghai to donate a total of 8368,000 kip (nearly 7,000 yuan).

He also volunteered in the donation of Laotian institutions to China.

At a fund-raising ceremony held on Feb 11 by the Laos-China Friendship Association and the Vientiane Municipal Government to support China's fight against the COVID-19, Xu Shuang'an served as the chief translator, and his outstanding language skills were fully recognized by both sides.

Chinese ambassador to Laos Jiang Zaidong makes a speech at the donation ceremony. [Photo/WeChat account: IECNUers]

Nodirjon Boymirov, an alumnus of ECNU from Uzbekistan, is currently in charge of the Labour Union of Lt Textile International in Uzbekistan. He sent a letter to ECNU expressing his concern and encouragement, as well as his confidence that China can win the fight. Lt Textile International has donated 110,000 masks and 210 sets of protective clothing to Xinjiang, which neighbors Uzbekistan.

Donated masks and protective clothing arrive in Xinjiang on Feb 12. [Photo/WeChat account: IECNUers]

Habibur Rahman, a Bangladeshi student from the School of International Chinese Studies at ECNU, held a charity drive when he learned that the school had a donation channel, and Abdullah Al Mahbub and Saifur Rahman responded. The trio donated 2,000 yuan in the name of "Bangladeshi Students at ECNU".

“The new coronavirus is threatening people’s lives. We can’t just stand idly by,” said Habibur Rahman. “No matter which country we come from, we must unite. We also want to express our support for Wuhan and the Chinese people. We firmly believe that China will win this battle soon. We love China. China is our second home!”

Elizabeth Miller Holly, a graduate student in politics at ECNU, said: "Although life is different now than it used to be, I understand everything the school has done. We will cooperate and take preventive measures, such as staying away from the source of the virus and maintaining good hygiene habits. No matter how difficult the situation is, I believe that China and Chinese people can fight the virus, and my parents in the United States have full confidence in China."

"China has taken very strong steps to deal with this sudden outbreak," said Mitchell Hibbert, a language student from Canada. “I think the ECNU has handled the outbreak very well. The school has very strict controls on campus. Thank you very much to the school staff for keeping us safe, especially those who were worked through the Spring Festival. I love China, I believe in China, I believe the country can overcome difficulties. Come on, Wuhan! Come on, China! Come on, ECNU! "

Since the outbreak, ECNU has rolled out a series of measures to ensure the safety of teachers and students. The International Education Center made brochures in various languages, updates on measures to prevent and control the epidemic through its WeChat account, and arranged for school staff to connect with international students so as to help them deal with any problems they may be having.


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