NYU Florence Closed Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak in Italy

NYU Florence is closing the campus amid the escalation of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, where more than 220 people have been infected and 7 have been killed. Following NYU Shanghai, NYU Florence became the second NYU campus that stopped on-site teaching due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The sudden closure of the campus is forcing students to depart immediately, no matter if they are living on-campus or off-campus. Starting from March 2nd, all classes at NYU Florence will resume via the Zoom online platform, which is being successfully used at NYU Shanghai. NYU Florence’s closure has left many wondering whether the outbreak of COVID-19 will impact more NYU campuses. If so, how should the students and staff react to sudden changes if another NYU campus is closed?

NYU Shanghai Students and Staff Respond to New York Post Article on School’s Self-censorship

As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to capture international attention, questions surrounding the Chinese government’s transparency and censorship become more and more critical. New York University Shanghai, the first Sino-US research university in China, also faces scrutiny on whether it can ensure independence and academic freedom given its connection to the Chinese government. A New York Post article on self-censorship and political influence at NYU Shanghai has evoked discord among students and staff, who share a different understanding of the culture on campus. How did people at NYU Shanghai respond to the New York Post’s article? What do people at NYU Shanghai think about the academic freedom within our campus? Mia Barkenaes, class of 2023, presented us with different views from the students and staff.

NYU Shanghai’s Incubation Period

2019-nCoV has been a hot topic as of late. This virus has left an indelible blemish on the 2020 spring semester, relegating students to different sites on the global campus, forcing the hasty creation of online courses, and pushing back the schedule altogether. In the days leading up to February, the question weighing on everyone’s minds was unequivocal: what next?


Thanksgiving is on its way, followed by finals. Some of you might have to stay in Shanghai, working on your upcoming exams, papers, or all kinds of projects. If you have already gotten bored by the second floor cafe and the library, but at the same time still need a cozy place to sit down and work… Keep on reading, bring your laptop and check out these hidden gems of the city on your Thanksgiving holiday!

NYUSH’s Double Eleven

This uniquely Chinese phenomenon, known as Double Eleven, happens annually on the innocuously-named Single’s Day. Despite its humble origins as an impromptu holiday created to celebrate bachelordom, Single’s Day has now blossomed into a (according to a recent estimate) 268.4-billion-yuan cash cow.