Government and universities continue joint approach to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Universities Australia and Education Minister Dan Tehan met last night to discuss the next steps in their joint approach to minimise disruption arising from travel restrictions imposed on visitors from China.

Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said Government and universities were cooperating closely during an anxious time for students at home and in China.

“Since last week’s initial meeting between the UA Board and Minister Tehan, we have continued providing clear advice and reassurance on study options,” Ms Jackson said.

“This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we have been working through all eventualities with the Government and carefully following all the advice from Australian medical authorities.”

“The safety of all members of our university communities is the number one priority.”

“Minister Tehan has delivered on his promise of providing maximum flexibility. The Government’s’ assistance has supported universities to undertake the significant task of making direct contact with all 100,000 Chinese students who remain outside of Australia.”

“We will continue to work closely together, understanding there is still so much to do.”

“Universities continue to implement a range of responses to the travel restrictions. These include offering online learning for those students who remain in China, postponing course start dates, delaying assessments or offering deferrals.”

“The sector and Government are as one, putting student welfare – at home and abroad – at the forefront of all we do.”

Universities Australia and Minister Tehan will meet again later this week.

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