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May 9, 2020

One World, One Fight: Peking University Strengthens Global Cooperation amid COVID-19.

Peking University

BEIJING, May 9, 2020 — Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Peking University has been at the forefront of the battle against the novel coronavirus.

While China has gradually brought it under control, countries across the world are still struggling to contain it. In light of this, the School of Foreign Languages (SFL) at Peking University translated China’s official documents on the prevention and control of COVID-19 into Arabic. It released Counter COVID-19 Documents (Arabic Version) on May 6 during a video conference with 11 Arab ambassadors to China, director of the Representative Office of the League of Arab States to China, and 8 Arab envoys to China.

Since March, in the hope of sharing China’s anti-pandemic experience with the Arab world, faculty and students from the Department of Arabic Language have dedicated themselves to the translation of guidelines formulated by China’s National Health Commission. These valuable resources would be accessible to the broader Arab community. It would help 400 million people living in 22 Arab countries and regions learn more about the coronavirus and eventually conquer it.

The Arabic compilation includes the “Protocol on Prevention and Control of COVID-19 (Editions 1-6)”. The university invited foreign experts to check the translations and ensure their accuracy.

Besides, experts at Peking University Health Science Center have done proofreading for several vital guidance documents produced in English.

Furthermore, as part of the efforts to help foreigners better understand medical terms that they might come across in notices and news written in Chinese, the faculty, and students from the School of Foreign Languages (SFL) have put together a multilingual COVID-19 terminology handbook in 21 different languages.

Ph.D. candidate Chen Binbin from the Department of Chinese at Peking University went to great lengths to set up a translation group, known as the China-Iran Epidemic Prevention Mutual Assistance Team. He brought together over 200 volunteers from China, Iran, and Afghanistan to translate China’s anti-pandemic knowledge and experience into Persian and sharing them with Iranians via social media platforms.

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, Peking University adopted various measures in its response. It dispatched Medical teams of 454 healthcare professionals from its affiliated hospitals to Wuhan, China’s worst-hit city. This semester, over 2,800 teachers taught 4,437 online courses to more than 40,000 students on a variety of online platforms. Sixty of Peking University’s international teachers coming from 31 different countries and regions across five continents overcame the challenges posed by being in different time zones and continued to teach their classes.

According to Peking University, it has been proactive in sharing its anti-pandemic experience with universities around the world over the past few months. It participated in the university-wide dialogues of the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum. Further, Peking University convened video conferences with partner universities, including the University of Tokyo, University College London, Cairo University, University of Michigan, and Qatar University.

International cooperation is playing a crucial role in the fight against the pandemic as the COVID-19 outbreak remains rampant in many parts of the world. Peking University said it would continue to maintain online communication with higher education institutions across the globe, and all members of the Peking University community will spare no effort to support the global fight.

Source: Peking University.

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