Offering Tablet Computers to Students Suffering from COVID-19
AJ Joins KU’s “Caring Fund for Overcoming COVID-19” Campaign
Pledges to Lend 1,000 Tablet Computers Free of Charge for Four Months
▲ Yoon, Kyu-Sun, President of AJ Networks (third from left), and Chung Jin Taek, KU President (fourth from left), taking photos with attendees at the donation agreement ceremony.
Moon, Deok-Young (Vice President of AJ) offered a helping hand to KU students, pledging to lend 1,000 tablet computers for four months free of charge in order to improve their online learning conditions.
KU recently launched the “Caring Fund for Overcoming COVID-19” campaign with the Alumni Association in order to provide long-term support to students who are suffering from the crisis. After learning that many students have been experiencing unstable internet connections when taking online classes, due to their use of old laptops and mobile phones, AJ decided to lend them tablet computers for free as part of the campaign. The total rental cost that AJ is subsidizing is estimated to be about KRW 220 million.
On Thursday, September 17, KU held the “KU-AJ Caring Fund for Overcoming COVID-19” donation agreement ceremony in the KU presidential office, which is located in the main building on campus.
KU President Chung Jin Taek delivered his heartfelt gratitude by saying, “I thank you for being so solicitous of KU students in difficult times. Through this campaign, KU has once again realized that our ties to each other grow ever stronger in challenging times. With the help that we are receiving from members of the KU family, we will continue to support more and more students. The tablet computers donated today will be of true help to many of them.”
700 tablets will be used by students who are studying at the Seoul Campus, and 300 will be distributed to students at the Sejong Campus. The Student Affairs Department (Seoul Campus) and the Student Welfare Team (Sejong Campus) are expected to oversee the process of receiving online rental applications and sending tablets to students who need them most.
KU is also looking into cases of enrolled students who are suffering from the crisis. The university plans to support students whose parents are suffering from unemployment or parents’ businesses have closed, students who are experiencing difficulty due to their loss of part-time jobs and financial shortfalls in meeting their living expenses, and students who are taking online classes in poor conditions.
In order to continue to support students in the long run, KU launched this campaign in partnership with the KU Alumni Association. Since August, the campaign has received nearly KRW 500 million from alumni, professors, staff, parents, and currently enrolled students.