2020年7月13日

Transitioning to Virtual Exchange Programs in the Post-Corona Sphere

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作者:aiita千寻,冰球突破豪华版下载app实习生

When you hear the words “student exchange programs,” what do you picture? 对我来说, I envision students traveling to foreign destinations and experiencing a culture different from their own through interactions with the local people, 菜, 和整体氛围. As exchange students, you have the freedom to meet other exchange students alongside locals. You get to enjoy the thrill of stepping outside of your comfort zone as you celebrate a fresh sense of mobility—the feeling of conquering the world ever so slowly. 你是年轻的, you are learning as you explore outside the safe terrain of your mother tongue and embrace an alternative reality: one where you reckon with a new sense of self in a new country.

So, when COVID-19 suddenly saunters into the picture and takes away all prospects of such physical mobility, 想要交换的学生被吓呆了,没有出路. 除了学习应对全球流行病, these students are faced with the crushing realization that they cannot have the immersive experience they had hoped for in a new country with new faces, 新环境, 新的一切. Universities around the world understand the students’ plight and are scrambling to adjust their plans for student exchange programs within the restrictive parameters set by the deadly virus.

Universities in the ASEAN region are part of this larger movement to embrace growing precautionary measures. 冰球突破豪华版下载app Member Universities recently discussed in length its strategies in light of COVID-19 at the 12th 冰球突破豪华版下载app-ACTS Steering Committee Meeting, 是上月末在网上举办的吗. The discussion centered around plans for upcoming exchange programs among the different universities within the 冰球突破豪华版下载app. 就像世界各地的许多机构一样, the inevitable trend among 冰球突破豪华版下载app universities is to design programs that would be 100 percent virtual for the time being. All activities planned during the exchange programs would be either cancelled or done remotely, 这让未来的交换生非常失望. 但, 与普遍的看法相反, going virtual might also have potential benefits that could be carried out over the long term, 即使在冰球突破豪华版下载app与病毒共存之后. 你仔细想想, virtual platforms could also have its benefits—such as cost effectiveness (since travel is no longer necessary) and accessibility, particularly for traditionally marginalized audiences that would need only a laptop to access similar resources.

现在, the Universiti Brunei Darussalam has decided to implement online modules with its 冰球突破豪华版下载app partner universities in addition to carrying out virtual internships. 类似的, universities in Malaysia like the 马来亚大学 and the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia are planning on cancelling all inbound and outbound physical mobility regarding their exchange programs. For the unforeseeable future, it seems that going virtual is the only safe way to proceed.