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China's Tsinghua University turns pandemic into opportunity

15-member team migrated all classes online half a month after COVID struck

Students continue to wear masks, but campus life is mostly back to normal at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

GUANGZHOU -- Tsinghua University, one of China's most prestigious academic institutions, acted swiftly to turn the corona crisis into an opportunity to push through reforms to change its future.

It was among the first universities in the world to face the colossal challenge of how to respond to the virus. In January 2020, as what would come to be known as SARS-CoV-2 began spreading rapidly in China, the university wondered whether it would have to delay the February start of classes. It managed to avoid this prospect by moving all classes online, pulling off the feat in half a month.

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