Demonstrating Untapped, Rapid
Response Energy in the Era of COVID-19
The COVID-19 which broke out at the beginning of this year has prolonged, threatening the everyday lives of people around the world. The blow to the education field was particularly strong. The shutdown of university campuses, return of students studying abroad, and the advent of onlineonly lectures plainly showed the pain of universities around the world. Thanks to the effects of K-Quarantine, however, interest in IGC is continuously increasing. Because students can get diplomas from prestigious foreign universities at home without going abroad to study.
Over 3,000 students from about 40 countries around the world are in attendance at IGC. Due to the nature of a space filled with many students, the Campus could have been a space more vulnerable to infectious disease. However, IGC has been dedicated to quickly responding to the COVID-19 in close cooperation with its tenant universities, and efficiently taking preemptive action in the crisis.
While the K-Quarantine is receiving more and more global attention, IGC has also continued its campaign for compliance with quarantine rules following government guidelines. After the coronavirus outbreak, the five universities offered all their classes online, except for such classes as experimental lab-based classes where face-to-face contacts are inevitable, during the spring semester. Other proactive actions taken have involved monitoring visitors at the entrance of each building, and thorough self-quarantine by professors and students arriving from abroad. The fall semester started with online classes, and the plan was to not let the guard down for the sake of students' living rights and safety while guaranteeing their learning rights at the same time by keeping a careful eye on the coronavirus situation.
SUNY Korea is making various efforts to strengthen the employment capacity of students, such as expanding its career coaching program that has been steadily operated thus far to real-time video conferencing. Mason Korea recommended the faculty to wear face shields in preparation for face-to-face lectures. GUGC is actively reflecting the feedback of major professors in response activities and policymaking, taking advantage of its characteristics as a life sciences school. UAC is seeing a rise in the number of students arriving from the United States, raising IGC's status as an alternative to study abroad.