Warwick University recalls all its exchange students from Hong Kong

Warwick University recalls all its exchange students from Hong Kong institution dubbed a warzone as violent clashes escalate

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been described by some as a war zone 
  • Violence between police and students at Chinese universities has increased 
  • Warwick University exchange students been told to leave as soon as possible 

Warwick University has recalled all its exchange students from Hong Kong over concerns for their personal safety.

They have been told to leave as soon as possible as the violence between police and students at a number of universities in the Chinese city escalates.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been described as a war zone. More than 1,000 rounds of tear gas were fired and many demonstrators were arrested during the latest round of protests that have paralysed the island city for six months.

International students of the Chinese University of Hong Kong evacuate with their suitcases after anti-government protesters occupied the campus

Students from the Chinese mainland were said to be fleeing the city by boat.

The decision by Warwick was revealed in an email sent to a student on exchange in the city. 

Published by The Boar student newspaper, it read: ‘It is no longer appropriate for our students to remain. 

‘The university puts the safety of students ahead of all other considerations.’

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A spokesman said it would pay travel costs, adding: ‘Many universities in Hong Kong have suspended operations due to the situation. 

‘We are contacting students and staff and offering the opportunity to return, and advising them to do so.’

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