SARS, war cancel trips
By Matt Kelly
and conflict have forced the University to cancel summer study
trips to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai in China and Jordan.
Another trip has been rerouted.
is bad luck, said William B. Quandt, vice provost for international
affairs. We usually dont have a war and a plague at
the same time.
plague is the outbreak of severe acute respiratory
syndrome, or SARS, blamed for 495 deaths as of April 21. It has
spurred the State Department to issue travel warnings about China,
leading to the Universitys decision earlier this month,
China programs would have served about 67 U.Va. students. McIntire
School of Commerce associate professors Mark White and David
LaRue revamped their three-week international finance and tax
class, changing the itinerary from Japan, China and Hong Kong
to Australia, New Zealand and Honolulu. White said canceling their
Asian plans by March 26 gave them time to salvage the trip.
foreign studies programs were made available to students who qualified,
including having the language
skills, in France, Morocco, Peru and England.
Taylor, director of the Universitys Summer
Session, is adding a class in Chinese, four hours a day of
lecture and conversation, to the Summer Session schedule to compensate
for the loss of a language immersion program in Shanghai. At least
six students must sign up in order for the class to be held.
are other programs offered in the United States, Quandt said.
everything can be replaced, however.
Huang, an associate professor of architecture,
canceled plans to take 15 students to study architecture in Beijing
and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the program.
said there is no substitute for the program, which depends upon
visits to Chinese landmarks such as the Forbidden City and the
is not a slide show or looking through an architectural book,
a three-dimensional experience in that environment that it was
State Department warnings about political unrest led to the February
cancellation of a summer language program trip to Jordan. A program
in St. Petersburg, Russia, has also been dropped because only
four people signed up.