Adjustment of school fees for SDJTU International students
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- We the international students attending Shandong Jiaotong University both on campus and from our respective home countries request the relevant school authorities to consider an adjustment to tuition and possibly other fees we are due to pay for the coming academic year of our study. We urge the authorities to consider reducing the aforementioned fees due to factors that have adversely affected us as students, the school and the people who sponsor our education and are beyond our control.The COVID - 19 global pandemic is an unprecedented event that has plunged the global economy into a recession which affects us directly in two main ways. Firstly our sponsors are suffering from reduced economic activity in our home countries and so income streams have either reduced in size or been closed off completely due to people losing employment. That being said, our sponsors are to an extent financially more vulnerable than before the pandemic and still have to fulfil their financial obligations to our families and ourselves. We feel this increased financial burden ought to be recognised by the school authorities as the virus was an unforeseen event. Secondly our learning experience has been affected. We have had to attend classes via online platforms that while functional, aren't proper replacements for physical attendance of classes for a number of reasons. For those still in China we face the inadequacies of online lessons such as lack of proper interaction with our teachers which means sometimes it takes longer than anticipated for help to arrive for a certain enquiry about a lesson and we can't always get the right kind of guidance we may need for certain class activities. Students who went home experience difficulties in connecting to classes, contributing or asking questions during lessons and at times cannot even afford data for some lessons as data tends to be expensive for some. These are issues the school cannot rectify but should also consider as unprecedented disruptions that should be considered as valid reasons to reduce fees. On a final note, to our knowledge some schools in China, as well as others around the world, had compensated their students for these unforeseen challenges in the form of refunding their tuition. At this point in time it maybe better for the university to reduce fees for us as it may be too late to refund students. We humbly request the relevant authorities to consider our request as well as the circumstances we are in that are beyond our control.