Following the exam period, UDG officially started the second semester of the UDG academic year on January 24. Right from the start, UDG bumped into a few challenges.
By December 1 the number of daily confirmed cases in Moldova dropped below 500. As of early January, these cases were in the upper 5,000s. All the teaching at UDG was done online through February. Some students manifested flu-like symptoms, and some teachers tested positive for Covid. Teachers Elena and Mariana were supposed to travel in early 2022 to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to teach for two weeks at the UDG satellite school. This trip was postponed until the second half of February because Elena tested positive.
Kazakhstan UDG Students
Some number of UDG students are from Kazakhstan; there civil unrest and protests delayed the five students' return to classes. UDG has a satellite school in the city of Shymkent which is not very far from where the riots took place.
Russian Gas Price Increases
Another challenge is the ongoing energy crisis Moldova is experiencing. The price of Russian natural gas increased last fall by more than 30% for the final consumer. In February, the price went up again. This has led to a chain reaction with price increases in almost all categories. Food-related expenses in Moldova increased by 35% from last year.
UDG Staff News
Nathanael Longstaff, a young man from the UK, came to UDG in January and plans to stay with UDG for a year. He will be teaching English to our Mission and Social Work students.