University suspends Hong Kong study abroad programs amidst anti-government protests
Observer Staff Report | Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Notre Dame has suspended all programming in Hong Kong for the spring 2020 semester in the wake of ongoing anti-government protests, the University announced in a press release Wednesday. According to the release, 14 Notre Dame students were due to study in Hong Kong next semester at three separate institutions — the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
In the release, vice president and associate provost for internationalization Michael Pippenger said the student safety was the primary motivator for the University’s decision. The school is working with the 14 students to find other study abroad options.
“International exposure is an important part of a Notre Dame education, and we reluctantly suspended programming in Hong Kong because student safety must be paramount,” he said in the release.