Curtin raiser

Canning Gazette - - NEWS - Carmelle Wilkin­son

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.”

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