Exchange Programs to be cancelled
Universities in the
USA have been advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
to consider postponing or cancelling all upcoming foreign exchange programs and
consider asking current programme participants to return to their home country.
The CDC said higher education institutions should work with state and local
public health officials to determine the best approach for when and how their
study abroad students might return --for instance, chartered transportation for
countries or areas assessed as high-risk for exposure. A key problem for US
higher education institutions is that China is also the leading country of
origin of international students studying in the US and is the seventh most
popular destination for US students studying abroad. Many higher education institutions
have programmes in China.