SIGS graduate students defend theses online

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tsinghua SIGS has shifted its thesis defense online while upholding procedures and requirements of PhD and Master’s thesis defense at Tsinghua University. Currently, 16 academic programs at SIGS are using the virtual defense format for students to present their final work.

Tsinghua University Vice President and Provost Yang Bin previously said, "The defense committee will not relax its standards although the process is moved online." Despite the change, students will still be evaluated with high standards in terms of their academic performance and overall quality of their project.

During this time, the SIGS Academic Affairs Office has been instrumental in coordinating thesis defense work while considering requirements of different programs. Multiple departments ensure the smooth running of logistics, and students are invited to test both Tencent and Zoom to familiarize with the audio and visual functions of the platform. Back-up plans are also put in place in case of network connection issues. 

Peng Yalan, a Master’s student in Hospital Management, shared that it was an unusual thesis defense, but was thankful for the efforts among faculty and staff.

“This was the day to review the results and efforts of my past three years as a graduate student, but guidance from my advisor and thorough preparations by staff calmed my anxiety. I received detailed suggestions from the committee to improve my thesis, which helped me realize the rigor and professionalism in scientific research. Even though we could only meet online, thank you for making this happen,” shared Peng.

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Thesis defense for Masters of Engineering in Electronics and Communication Engineering


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Thesis Defense for Master of Fine Arts


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Photo of students with their advisors


Since the beginning of March, the school has followed Tsinghua University requirements and mobilized faculty and staff to strengthen academic support for graduating students. Currently, online thesis defenses are being carried out to ensure that the impact of COVID-19 is minimized and graduation schedules will not be affected.

 

Cover design by Wu Yutao, supervised by Wen Xueyuan

Edited by Karen Lee 


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