by Jeffrey Dayton-Johnson

Updates in Chinese on the Middlebury Institute’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dean Laura Burian Update in Chinese on the Middlebury Institute Response to COVID-19

明德大学蒙特雷国际研究学院的各位学生与家长:

我们在阳光明媚的蒙特雷向您致以诚挚问候。谨以此信向您说明我校应对新冠肺炎疫情的最新进展,希望能减少您的担忧。

此次疫情演变迅速。我校密切关注事态发展,在加州和蒙特雷县政府发布指令之前便主动采取多项重要措施加以应对。目前州、县两级政府均已出台较美国其他地区更为严格的防疫规定,我校也已悉数落实。

面对疫情,唯有果断决策方能最大程度保障学生权益。我们反复权衡各项因素,以全体学生及教职工的生命安全和身体健康为重,充分考虑国际学生的特殊情况,最终决定将本学期春假后所有课程改为远程授课。学生可以自行选择是留在蒙特雷与热心友好的本地市民为伴,还是返回家乡同亲人朋友团聚。无论身在何处,他们都能在安全的环境中通过远程方式完成本学期课程。

为帮助全体师生顺利过渡至远程教学模式,我们提供了细致的培训与技术支持。学校将全力保障各项学习活动有条不紊地开展,严守最高的教学质量标准。全体教职工借助视频会议、电话电邮远程办公,积极变通,包括职业发展咨询、学生身心健康维护、图书馆电子资源借阅在内的各项服务得以照常运转。校领导每日举行多次会议,对最新形势进行讨论,一切决策均以保障学生及教职工的安全健康为先。

蒙特雷国际研究学院历来致力于营造多元包容的校园环境,这一宗旨不会因为疫情而有丝毫动摇。高度国际化的师生群体始终是我们引以为傲的核心特色,是确保校园生活丰富多彩、学生学习卓有成效的重要基础。

如您需要了解我校疫情应对工作的最新进展,敬请访问学校官网疫情专页,关注学校官方微信公众号“明德蒙特雷”、官方微博“明德大学蒙特雷国际研究学院”。

专此布达,顺祝

阖家平安

 

明德大学蒙特雷国际研究学院院长

Jeff Dayton-Johnson


 

Dear Middlebury Institute Students and Families,

Warm greetings from sunny Monterey, California. We are writing with an update about how the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) is responding to the rapidly-changing COVID-19 pandemic. Please rest assured that we are following state and local guidelines, which are more stringent than the U.S. as a whole. The MIIS Administration responded early and proactively, before official guidelines were published, with several important measures.

When the decision was made to move all courses to remote instruction, we realized the importance of acting decisively to cause as little disruption as possible, especially with the interests of our international student population in mind. This was not a decision we made lightly, but at the forefront of our decision was the health and wellbeing of our community.

By committing immediately to offer all courses remotely for the rest of the semester we ensured that students had the chance to decide for themselves where they wanted to be located. While many students opted to stay in our small and friendly city of Monterey, others sought the comfort of family and friends, either elsewhere in the United States or back home.

We took great care to offer faculty training and technical assistance to successfully transition their classes and we are fully committed to the continuity of studies for all students, held to the same outstanding standards MIIS is known for.  All faculty and staff are working remotely and are available to students via video calls, phone calls and emails. Staff are continuing to offer excellent services in innovative ways, including career advising, health and wellness support, and library services. The Administration meets several times a day to review new developments, and as always, the guiding light in all decisions is the safety and health of our students and the community.

The Middlebury Institute community prides itself on the diversity of its population—with students, staff, and faculty from all over the world. That is at the heart of who we are and is what makes learning here such a rich and rewarding experience.

If you would like to stay up-to-date on our response to the outbreak, you’re welcome to follow us on WeChat “MIIS1955”, Weibo or visit our COVID-19 website.

Sincerely,

Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Institute

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