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The Formulation of Epidemic Prevention Work of COVID-19 for Colleges and Universities: Priorities and Recommendations

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Graduate Institute of Cultural and Educational Management, Central Taiwan University of Sciences and Technology, Taichung 40601, Taiwan
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College of Management, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 10608, Taiwan
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Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taichung 413310, Taiwan
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Department of Leisure Services Management, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taichung 413310, Taiwan
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Graduate School of Technological and Vocational Education, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin 64002, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: José Gómez-Galán
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 2081; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042081
Received: 11 January 2021 / Revised: 12 February 2021 / Accepted: 12 February 2021 / Published: 15 February 2021
As the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic spreads all over the world, governments of various countries are actively adopting epidemic prevention measures to curb the spread of the disease. However, colleges and universities are one of the most likely places for cluster infections. The main reason is that college students have frequent social activities, and many students come from different countries, which may very likely cause college campuses to be entry points of disease transmission. Therefore, this study proposes a framework of epidemic prevention work, and further explores the importance and priority of epidemic prevention works. First of all, 32 persons in charge of epidemic prevention from various universities in Taiwan were invited to jointly formulate a campus epidemic prevention framework and determined 5 dimensions and 36 epidemic prevention works/measures/criteria. Next, Bayesian best worst method (BWM) was used to generate a set of optimal group criteria weights. This method can not only integrate the opinions of multiple experts, but also effectively reduce the complexity of expert interviews to obtain more reliable results. The results show that the five most important measures for campus epidemic prevention are the establishment of a campus epidemic prevention organization, comprehensive disinfection of the campus environment, maintenance of indoor ventilation, proper isolation of contacts with confirmed cases, and management of immigration regulations for overseas students. This study provides colleges and universities around the world to formulate anti-epidemic measures to effectively reduce the probability of COVID-19 transmission on campuses to protect students’ right to education. View Full-Text
Keywords: epidemic prevention; COVID-19; risk management; colleges and universities; Bayesian BWM epidemic prevention; COVID-19; risk management; colleges and universities; Bayesian BWM
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Hsu, W.-C.J.; Lo, H.-W.; Yang, C.-C. The Formulation of Epidemic Prevention Work of COVID-19 for Colleges and Universities: Priorities and Recommendations. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2081. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042081

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Hsu W-CJ, Lo H-W, Yang C-C. The Formulation of Epidemic Prevention Work of COVID-19 for Colleges and Universities: Priorities and Recommendations. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):2081. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042081

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Hsu, Wan-Chi J., Huai-Wei Lo, and Chin-Cheng Yang. 2021. "The Formulation of Epidemic Prevention Work of COVID-19 for Colleges and Universities: Priorities and Recommendations" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 2081. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042081

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