Regional Updates

IASAS Asia Regional Coordinators:
Qi Li (China)

IASAS Asia Regional Communication Coordinator: Marlon Maglipas (Philippines) & Jia Zheng (US)


How SAS is coping with COVID-19 in China

COVID-19 has created a new normal in student affairs and services (SAS) in China’s higher education. To adapt to an entirely virtual campus, SAS have moved programs and services online. This new normal requires the SAS staff to be familiar with WeChat, Zoom, Tencent Meeting etc. so that they can build an information hub and online community for students and engage them, collectively or individually, whenever needed. It also requires the SAS staff to be service oriented and to stay responsive to their student needs. Overall, this new normal is characterized with the following features: detecting, checking, and reporting any symptoms related to COVID-19 in student groups; monitoring online classes to identify students most in need of financial, technological, academic, or emotional support; making emergency funds available to those from families affected by COVID-19 or those who cannot afford computers or internet access at home; and hosting virtual career fairs, providing training, and posting job openings for graduating students.

Two Sino-U.S. universities in China, Duke Kunshan University (DKU) and New York University Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in their own ways. At DKU, while classes are in session, no large gatherings above 10 students are allowed based on the Chinese government’s COVID-19 control policies. Small group fitness courses with appropriate social distancing and wearing masks are offered on campus, but all other activities were cancelled. As the travel ban remained in place, international students, faculty, and staff cannot return to China at the moment with uncertainties when it will be lifted. Currently, in partnership with Duke University in the U.S., the DKU leadership has adopted a hybrid model for Fall 2020, including both in-person and online teaching/classes. A similar approach is applied for Orientation and student engagement opportunities. Similarly, NYU Shanghai campus’s in-person athletics programs and club activities were cancelled. Due to the travel ban, international students cannot enter China at the moment. In response, NYU Shanghai annonced “Go Local” program which allows eligible students to study at their nearest NYU global campuses in Fall 2020.


PAPSAS Interactive Youth Forum (IYF) in Baguio City originally on March 12-14, 2020 and rescheduled on April 28-30, 2020.


Beijing Normal University offers a Master of Arts Program in Higher Educaiton and Student Affairs (HESA)
The first Master of Arts Program in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) at Beijing Normal University began in 2014. Our students came from more than fifteen countries and most of our graduated students began to work as entry-mid level positions as practitioners in higher education/student affairs or other relevant fields after they returned to their home countries.  If you have any questions please contact the HESA program coordinator at

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