Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology is the only university in Tainan that does not have remote learning. Its students alleged that the school has done a less than ideal job in disease prevention and exposed them under a higher risk of infection.
Students rushed to the classroom early in the morning because Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology is still hosting in-person classes. The local epidemic has increased sharply and spread to schools. STUST has more than 300 confirmed cases. However, the university has not announced remote teaching yet, causing dissatisfaction among students.
Student, Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology: “It is because the number of confirmed cases in our school is quite high. And I feel our school has properly disinfected our campus. I think safety is more important than anything.”
Student, Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology: “Safety is more important when compared to in-person classes. We should wait at least until the epidemic slows down a bit.”
Student, Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology: “Assuming distance learning is fully implemented, it will still not work.”
There are more than 18,000 students at STUST. Other Tainan universities, including Cheng Kung University and the National University of Tainan, have already announced distance learning until the end of this semester. STUST explained that some engineering students need in-person lab time and distance learning cannot overcome this problem. After listening to student needs, the university is allowing students to choose whether to study remotely or in-person to ensure each student's rights.
Lin Chih-hung, Vice President, Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology: “Because some courses require physical work or practice. Or some require lab time or like gym class. These all require students to come to school to participate. Some students need to use school equipment for their courses. So our consideration was from a student's perspective.”
As for the students' allegations that the university is not effective in epidemic prevention, the school emphasized that relevant epidemic prevention actions are all handled in accordance with regulations. As of the 20th, as many as 75 colleges and universities across the country have implemented distance learning until the end of this semester. STUST said it will decide whether to implement full remote learning after communicating with students.