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Q&A for PhD students - coronavirus

Updated 21 February 2020

My teaching obligations for the spring semester have already been planned, what should I do?

If your planned teaching is being affected, your course coordinator or the Head of Educational Programme (HEP) will contact you. SDC has instructed teachers and course coordinators of the first courses of the spring semester to plan alternative teaching, including online courses, video lectures, etc.

To assist with coordination, SDC has appointed liaison officers for all MSc programmes. The liaison officers will support the HEPs and teachers and assist with coordination between teachers and the students.

Neuro: Qin Yihong yhqin@ucas.ac.cn
Nano: Yin Youwei youweiyin@ucas.ac.cn
IM: Peng Yuru pengyuru@ucas.ac.cn
PM: Huang Jingxiang huangjx@ucas.ac.cn
CBE: Yuan Yuan yuanyuan@ucas.ac.cn
WE: Hu Yongjia huyongjia@ucas.ac.cn
LEI: He Bing hebing@ucas.ac.cn

The Danish study administrators are not available by e-mail at the moment. The Danish study administration will instead be supported by the Danish SDC office in Aarhus. You can contact the Danish SDC office by email: contact@sdc.university.

What options are available for alternative teaching?

Live broadcast
UCAS provides the following live broadcast services for SDC’s teachers:

ZOOM
Zoom can meet the demand of 100 people for unlimited video conference / live broadcast, and can share screen, PPT, annotation, recording and broadcasting, etc.
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Chaoxing
UCAS will sign a confidentiality agreement with superstar to protect the information security of teachers and students. The function of the Chaoxing platform is more comprehensive, and it is suitable for teaching and learning on mobile terminal.
Chaoxing

Tencent conference
Tencent's meeting function works on mobile phone, tablet, computer and can share screen, online document, etc. Video recording is not supported.
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Recorded broadcast
UCAS provides the following platforms for recorded broadcasts for SDC’s teachers:

UCAS course website
The size of a video is limited to 2GB, and the format must be MP4.

Baidu cloud
Teachers/teaching assistants can upload recorded videos and share links and passwords on Moodle. Students should download the video by themselves.

Questions related to technical support, access to the online services, etc. can be addressed to the liaison officer.



What about my expenses - will the Danish SDC office cover my expenses for already purchased airline tickets?

Since your PhD grant already include funding to cover for travel expenses, the Danish SDC will not reimburse your university for the possible economic loss in case you cannot cancel or rebook your ticket.

I have planned a research stay in Beijing – should I leave for China or not?

The Danish SDC office advises you to consult the travel guidelines from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on this matter. However, have in mind that for the moment many institutions in China are closed down until further notice and public transportation in some parts of China may be suspended or restricted.
In addition, on January 29, the Danish SDC office has received information that UCAS is closed and advices staff members currently located outside Beijing not to return to Beijing until further notice. The Swan Lakeview Hotel is also closed for the time being.

What happens if I cannot fulfil the requirements related to my PhD grant due to the outbreak of the coronavirus?

If the situation turns out to be long-standing, contact the Danish SDC office to find a solution.
It might also be relevant to contact your Danish and Chinese PhD supervisor to reschedule your PhD plan.

I’m staying in China right now. Should I leave the country?

The Danish SDC office advises you to follow the travel guidelines from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Can I access my research institute/lab in China?

Please contact your Chinese PhD supervisor for information about this.

Where do I find the latest updated information?

UCAS will keep you updated with the latest directions on WeChat “SDC PhDs”.
The Danish SDC office posts relevant information on this page.
Stay updated on the travel guidelines from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or if you are an international student, the travel guidelines from your home country.
If you are a Danish citizen and currently located in China, you are advised to sign up for the “Dansker-listen”, which makes it possible for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contact you.
For healthcare guidance you can stay updated on the Danish Health Authority, WHO, and Statens Serum Institut.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact the Danish SDC office at contact@sdc.university.