Australia continues to deal with the impact of ongoing bushfires. We are continuously receiving updates from our partners in Australia, and they advise that the fires are still a fair distance from the cities. We do not anticipate the start of the spring 2020 semester being affected in any way. While our partners are advising students with asthma or other respiratory conditions to explore precautions due to air quality, all other program preparations are going forward as normal. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and make any program adjustmests as needed.
On Sunday, January 5th, there was an attack at a Kenya Defense Force in Manda Bay, Kenya. The location of the attack is far from where our students will be studying (10 hours from Nairobi), and is in a location that is off-limits to our students. We will continue to monitor the situation.
The US Embassy in London sent a security alert on 11/29/19 of a security incident at London Bridge. All UMN students in London are safe and have been accounted for. Student safety is of the utmost importance to the Learning Abroad Center and the University of Minnesota. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.
The US Embassy in Ecuador sent an emergency message on 10/12/19 that road blockades were in place in cities and towns throughout the country, including within the capital Quito, as part of ongoing demonstrations by indigenous groups, workers unions, social organizations, and transportation groups on strike. Classes were cancelled 10/11-10/15 on the MSID Ecuador program based in Quito. Classes resumed after the US Embassy sent a follow up message on 10/14/19 that road blockades had been lifted throughout the country as part of an agreement reached between the Government of Ecuador and protest organizers.
All students on the MSID Ecuador program are safe and have been accounted for. Student safety is of the utmost importance to the Learning Abroad Center and the University of Minnesota. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.