LiU recommends that students leave Hong Kong

Due to the unrest and insecure situation in Hong Kong, Linköping University is recommending that students leave the region.

The unrest in Hong Kong has escalated in recent days, which has led to Linköping University recommending students who are in the area to go home. LewisTsePuiLung

There are currently 38 students from Linköping University in Hong Kong for exchange studies, and they have been recommended to leave. This decision has been taken by the vice-chancellor and security manager. 

“It doesn’t seem likely that the situation will become calmer, and unrest has now arisen on some campuses and universities. In addition, the universities are finding it difficult to maintain their activities: some teaching has been cancelled for the rest of the term, while in other cases the university has closed temporarily before taking a final decision”, says Karin Gibson, head of the International Office at Linköping University.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs published the following on its website Sweden Abroad on Wednesday:

The unrest in Hong Kong has escalated in recent days and especially in the evenings. Violent clashes have taken place mainly around the universities. We therefore recommend all Swedish citizens to exercise great caution, and we urge especially the Swedish exchange students at Hong Kong universities to avoid crowds and follow local news carefully.

“Each individual student must decide whether to remain in Hong Kong or not, but we strongly recommend that they leave. As a university, we always give the highest priority to the safety of our students”, says Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun.

More information is available at the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, travel advisory.

Translated by George Farrants

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