Chinese will arrive on time after all
As long as there is no further outbreak of Sars in Beijing, the 90 Chinese
BSc students will come to Wageningen in September as planned. The students
will make up for lost time during the summer holiday.
The ninety students are following a joint programme of the Chinese
Agricultural University and Wageningen University. They are now coming to
the end of a two-year programme in Beijing, and they will arrive in
Wageningen in September to start the final two years of their Bachelor’s
degree. The universities in Beijing were closed as a result of the Sars
outbreak, threatening to delay the students’ arrival in Wageningen.
However, the epidemic now seems to be under control and the Chinese
government has reopened the universities, so it looks as though the
students will make it on time to Wageningen. They will have to work through
the summer though to earn all the study points they require, and also to do
the compulsory English language test. The only problem now would be if Sars
breaks out again.
Rien Bor of the department of education and student affairs: “The travel
ban in China will be lifted on 21 June. That means that everyone can start
again on the 22nd. We have organised things with the Dutch embassy and the
Netherlands Education Support Office in Beijing so that our students can
take their English test at the embassy. We are expecting a large number of
people for the test, but at least we know that all our prospective students
will be able to take it.