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Though oceans apart, our university is still the most reliable backing---secretary of the CPC Committee and president of BSU communicates with the overseas students of BSU via a video call

"How about your life there at present?”  “Are you having any difficulty?”


"Please don’t worry about us. We are safe and sound on the foreign land. We are proud of the great achievements in the prevention and control of the epidemic in our country.”


"No matter where you are, we are one big family. We will do our best to take care of the younger brothers in the youth training team in Lithuania."


"We will remain sober and won’t move at will. We obey the arrangement of our university.”


"Our university is paying close attention to the on-going epidemic in foreign countries. Appropriate plan and concrete arrangement of returning China will be made for each project of overseas study to guarantee your absolute safety.”


Cao Weidong, secretary of the CPC Committee and president of BSU, talked cordially with the students of BSU staying abroad via a video call.



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In the afternoon of March 17, Cao Weidong, secretary of the CPC Committee and president of BSU, and Zhou Qidi, vice-president of BSU, communicated with 75 student representatives staying abroad via a video call. They sent warm greetings to them and asked about their study life and experiences, encouraging them to face the epidemic with an optimistic and positive attitude and protect themselves by carrying forward the spirit of perseverance of sportsmen. This warm call sent the care of our university to the other shore of the ocean and strengthened the resolution and confidence of both teachers and students in overcoming difficulties during the outbreak of COVID-19.


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"I would study hard and protect myself. Please don’t worry about me.”


Liu Mengfei, a graduate student of the class of 2018 from the School of Sport Medicine and Physical Therapy, is studying at Charles University in Czech. According to him, the university suspended classes in an all-round way by copying the measures taken by China in its prevention against the epidemic. He and other students are in self-quarantine in the dormitories. They enjoy a normal supply of goods for daily life and the materials including the face masks purchased by the university for them are on the way. He will study hard, take measures to protect himself and comply with the requirements of local authorities, trying to complete the study task smoothly and not to be worried by the university, he said.


"We feel reassuring with the team teacher accompanying us.”


Ma Mingyue, an undergraduate of the class of 2017 from the School of Education, is studying at the Physical Education School of University of Zagreb in Croatia. Now the university suspended classes. Since the outbreak of the epidemic in Croatia, the team teacher Zhao Conghuan has been purchasing such protecting articles as the face mask from the local drugstores and other areas at his own expense and he also made efforts to solve the problem of the entry of protecting articles by coordinating through the university, said she in the video call. At present, we have sufficient protecting articles and we are all feeling reassured now, she added.


"We are feeling the affectionate care from our university though we are in a foreign country. And we are proud of the great achievements in the prevention and control of the epidemic in our country.”


Jin Juren, an undergraduate of the class of 2016 from the Business School of Sports, is studying in the '2+2' Program of the Skiing Industry Management Class of University of Lapland in Finland. According to him, all the Chinese students in Finland are very happy to see the epidemic in China has been brought into control step by step; at present, they are stocking food in the room, trying best to stay indoors, taking all protecting measures including wearing the face mask and guaranteeing personal hygiene according to the instructions given the teachers. He expressed gratitude to BSU and the school for trying their best to ensure their personal safety on behalf of all the students and he said they will bear in mind and comply with the requirements of BSU and expect the day they will meet at BSU.


"Our university is behind us as our solid backing, so we feel reassured.”


Zhang Tianyu, an undergraduate of the class of 2017 from the School of Sport Science, is studying at the University of Worcester of the UK. According to her, there are 12 Chinese students altother at the University of Worcester, and among them 10 undergraduates will finish study in June and 2 graduate students will finish study in August according to the schedule. The university has not closed based on the epidemic prevention policy of the local authorities. The students will not go out except attending classes. They would keep a positive mood and take measures to protect themselves, mitigating the impact of the epidemic and the pressure in the study; meanwhile, they believe they can go through the difficulty and return to the homeland safe and sound with the university behind them as their solid backing.


"When the epidemic comes to an end, we will come back to serve our motherland with fruitful achievements in study!"


Peng Wenkang, a graduate student of the class of 2018 from China Football College, is studying at the Real Madrid Institute of European University of Spain. There are 8 Chinese students altogether in this program. Due to the impact of the epidemic, they are having classes online at present. At the same time, the Spanish government imposed measures like restricting the gathering of people and suspending all large-scale activities. According to Peng Wenkang, the leaders and teachers of the university and college have shown great care for the overseas students by making many phone calls to tell them to heed their own safety. He will calm down to study hard at home during the epidemic, trying to come back with fruitful achievements for serving the motherland, said he.


"No matter where you are, we are one big family. We will do our best to take care of the younger brothers in the youth training team in Lithuania."


Jiang Wenmiao, an undergraduate of the class of 2018 from China Basketball College, is studying at Lithuanian Sports University at present. According to him, after the outbreak of the epidemic in Europe, he really felt the deep care from the university; the school closed at present and all the students stayed at home protecting themselves. At the same time, as the overseas students of BSU, they would do their best to take care of the younger brothers of the youth training team in Lithuania while taking measures to protect themselves on a foreign land, so the teachers can no longer worry about them, added he.


"We will remain sober and won’t move at will. We obey the arrangement of our university.”


Zhao Jiawei, a student of the class of 2018 from the School of Strength and Conditioning, is studying at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Besides him, there are 8 students from School of Sport Science and News Communication School in this University. According to him, the airport is jam-packed with people and the returning journey is both complicated and difficult, so it is risky on the route back to China; in comparison, staying in the place they are living now is more beneficial to the prevention against infection. They have promised to keep calm and not to move about at will in complying with the arrangement of the university.



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After listening to what those students said carefully, Cao Weidong gave sufficient recognition to the courage, perseverance, optimism and wisdom they displayed; and he expressed care and greetings to all the overseas students from BSU on behalf of the university. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, General Secretary Xi Jinping issued commands and made dispositions in person and led the whole nation to stage a massive people's war; at present, the epidemic prevention and control is taking a turn for the better, making important achievement in this phase, according to him. The university implemented the relevant requirements of the General Administration of Sport of China, Ministry of Education and Beijing City according to the dispositions of the Central Committee of CPC, giving top priority to the prevention and control of the epidemic. The university has been paying close attention to each overseas student from BSU. We maintain close ties with the overseas students through the school and try our best to provide guidance and help for their personal protection and life abroad.


Cao Weidong put forward four points to the students. First, you shall attach great importance to this matter and take measures to protect yourselves conscientiously. At the crucial moment for the prevention and control of the epidemic, you should remain positive and upbeat psychologically, without panic or fear, but you must have a sober understanding of the high contagiousness of the pneumonia caused by COVID-19, so you should stay at home as much as possible and steer clear of places rammed with people. Second, you shall abide by relevant regulations made by the country or region where you live on the prevention and control of the epidemic; you must get in touch with the university in the first place and seek help from the local Chinese embassy or consulate in time when encountering any difficulty; and the university will also keep in touch with the embassy to ensure your safety. Third, you shall carry forward the enterprising spirit characteristic of BSU. In this special period, you must study harder without distraction. We will keep in touch with the overseas schools we cooperate with for the program of studying abroad to guarantee your study will not be influenced by the epidemic. Fourth, you shall obey the unified arrangement of the university and not come back to China suddenly without any report. Our university will pay close attention to the on-going epidemic in foreign countries. Appropriate plan and concrete arrangement of returning China will be made for each program of overseas study to guarantee your absolute safety.


At present, the safety and health of overseas students from BSU is the greatest concern of the university. Though you are in foreign countries far away from us, oceans and mountains will not block the care from us. The university has been fighting together with you in this difficult time and we are the backing behind you. Expect you come back safe and sound.