CURTIN University has donated $10,000 to its longterm partner institution in Wuhan, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, which is currently facing hardship in China due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Head of Curtin’s School of Accounting Professor Surav Dutta said over the years many personal and professional relationships had been formed between Curtin and Zhongnan and he was humbled the university was able to offer some assistance.
“To express our solidarity, thoughts and our prayers for our counterparts at Zhongnan during the current health crisis in China, Curtin School of Accounting staff personally donated funds to help with the purchase of medical supplies and other essentials,” he said.
“Other contributions from within Curtin and externally took the total raised to more than $10,000.
“This was a token of appreciation for our decadelong friendship, which we believe will get stronger in coming years.”
About 30 students from Wuhan were enrolled to start their studies at Curtin’s Bentley Campus next Monday. Currently subject to strict travel restrictions, these students will receive advice and support from Curtin to ensure they are not disadvantaged or penalised in any way.
A Curtin spokesperson said potential support measures included deferral, online delivery of course material and distributed learning opportunities.
“Curtin University is continuing to monitor the rapidly changing coronavirus situation and following the most recent Federal Government advice for universities,” the spokesperson said. “Curtin is committed to providing support to any staff or students affected by either the period of self-isolation or existing travel bans.”