党委书记： 江 涌
校 长： 熊思东
March 23, 2020
Dear colleagues overseas:
I trust this letter finds you well!
Since its outbreak last winter, COVID-19 has remained a common concern of the nation as well as the whole world. And you, our colleagues overseas, though being abroad, have contributed in various ways to the battle of epidemic prevention and control for Soochow University and China. At this stressful time, we hereby extend to you our warmest greetings.
After taking a series of effective measures, the spread of the coronavirus has been basically curbed in China. And we've made sustained progress in epidemic prevention and control, which provides strong support for the economy getting back to normal. However, considering the serious epidemic across the world, the World Health Organization has declared coronavirus COVID-19 a pandemic. No matter where you are, your safety and health are always in our thoughts. To this end, we highly suggest you:
Update yourself on the release from the local health authorities, strictly follow the professional instructions on coronavirus prevention;
Follow the local government’s suggestions/rules, minimize your outdoor activities and avoid crowded public places if possible;
Monitor your physical and mental condition, and if symptoms such as fever, cough, cold and psychological discomfort arise, please contact the designated healthcare delivery facilities/organizations in time and tell them the truth;
Keep informed of the latest information about coronavirus prevention issued by the local Chinese embassy/consulate. If you encounter any difficulty, please contact the embassy/consulate and SUDA in time. We will spare no effort to come to your assistance.
Considering the increasing severity of the epidemic, it is quite risky to take international flights. Medical experts suggest that it would be a wiser option to stay where you are and not to return to the University in advance. The back-to-school plan is currently under discussion and will be released on the university official website after it gets official approval from the higher authorities. Once you receive our announcement to return to the university, please contact the staff at your school to go through the reporting procedures in advance. Colleagues who are abroad for business trips, if you need to reschedule your return out of safety concerns, please also process the approval procedures in time. On your way back to the university, do take personal protective measures in place during your possibly tiring international flights. Be cooperative during security inspection and follow the quarantine regulations after landing.
Like the vernal splendor, our longing for your safe return keeps growing with each and every day passing by. We will stand firm behind you, wherever, whatever, however! Each and every one of us will help to define our battle against the virus.
We, the entire SUDA community and the blossoms on campus as well, are right here waiting for you, rain or shine! We are all expecting the day when we can join each other on campus, and we surely will.
Chairman of the University Council, Soochow University
President, Soochow University