In the spirit of international friendship and cooperation, Kunshan’s entry and exit authority has taken special measures to return the passports of all Duke Kunshan University (DKU) students who applied for Chinese residency permits before the Spring Festival break.
Senior administrators at DKU reached out to the city government to expedite the return of the passports as part of the university’s ongoing efforts to help Chinese and international students travel home due to the coronavirus outbreak.
As China has officially extended the Spring Festival holiday until Feb. 2, the international students were facing the prospect of waiting another week to collect their passports. However, thanks to the extensive efforts of DKU’s senior administrations and the great efficiency of the Kunshan entry and exit authority, the students received their passports and residency permits on Jan. 28.
The students now have the option to return home to their family or remain on campus. The university has offered financial assistance to students who wish to travel home.
Duke Kunshan is closely monitoring all developments surrounding the coronavirus and has introduced a series of strict measures to help protect students, faculty and staff who are staying on campus or elsewhere in Kunshan.
The university decided on Jan. 25 to postpone the start of the spring semester until Feb. 17 and restrict campus access to essential personnel only.