SCAD Hong Kong has been in operation for 10 years. SCAD said it would discontinue operations at the North Kowloon Magistracy Building after June 1, 2020.
People in Hong Kong began protesting plans to allow extradition to mainland China in June 2019. The bill was withdrawn in September, but demonstrations continue. Clashes between police and demonstrators have become increasingly violent.
Hong Kong is also suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, with 317 cases and four deaths, with 213 active cases.
“The university prioritizes student safety and academic quality above all else, and after a comprehensive analysis, SCAD has decided to discontinue instruction at our Hong Kong location after the Spring 2020 quarter concludes,” the college said in an online statement. “Classes at SCAD Hong Kong will continue to be taught virtually through the end of the Spring 2020 quarter.”
It continued, “SCAD leaders in Hong Kong and the U.S. have devoted significant time and resources to this decision, which we believe is in the best interest of students and families who are part of the international SCAD community.”
Read the full statement here.
Other Georgia universities have also made changes to study abroad programs in Hong Kong. Georgia Tech’s three exchange programs there were listed as suspended. Tech’s Office of International Education did not immediately respond to an emailed question about the suspensions from Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Emory University’s Emory College of Arts and Sciences Global Internship in Hong Kong Program is not accepting applications for Summer 2020, according to its webpage.
Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 deadlines for Emory College’s exchange program with Hong Kong Baptist University have passed, and the program is not currently accepting applications, according to the webpage.