Cross-border 'friendship' blooms in the age of the coronavirus
4 Chinese educational institutions, including Shandong University of Arts and Dankook's Chinese alumni, donate 4,000 face masks
Four thousand face masks and a touching handwritten letter were delivered to the Office of International Affairs in support of Dankookites. Behind the special gift were Shandong University of Arts and 3 other Chinese educational institutions (Peking University’s Overseas Study Program, Yanzhiyu’s Language Center and Northwestern Polytechnical High School), along with Chinese alumni couples Gao Yang and Sun Meng (Dept. of Dance at Dankook’s Graduate School) and Zhuo Yan and Seonghyeon Yun (Dept. of Sports Science at Dankook’s Graduate School).
Earlier in March, the four educational institutions first contacted the Office of International Affairs to express wishes to donate masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Chinese local educational institutions that took part in the donation are organizations that have been working closely with Dankook University in international cultural and mobility exchanges across various fields. With more than 170 Chinese students entering temporary living facilities and hearing news of how difficult it was to buy masks in Korea as the coronavirus rapidly spread, the group proposed donating masks.
Gao Yang wrote in the letter that “(we) wanted to do our part in helping our alma mater which is undergoing tough times due to the novel coronavirus. We have been touched by how Dankook has managed the crisis until every single foreign student was released healthy from temporary facilities,” and added that “studying abroad can be lonely and tough, so (we) wanted to express our gratitude to the members of the Office of International Affairs for being there for these students.”
Meanwhile, the masks were delivered in front of the International Hall on Monday, April 13th. The masks will be handed out to all international students and currently enrolled students who entered dormitories beginning on Friday, April 17th.