Universities Australia welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement of a three-step plan to re-open the Australian economy.
All universities transitioned to online learning earlier this year to comply with COVID-19 guidelines around physical distancing.
Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said universities were considering carefully on how best to resume face-to-face teaching when appropriate to do so and welcomed the inclusion of face-to-face teaching in all three stages of the plan.
“Universities have been working closely with Government and health authorities around a carefully staged return to campus,” Ms Jackson said.
“Small classes, in areas very difficult to teach online like labs, are likely to be an early focus.”
“We know students and staff are eager to restart face-to-face learning, but a cautious and gradual approach will be taken with the safety of our staff, students and communities as the top priority.”
“The detailed arrangements will differ from university to university, and from state to state, but all will adhere meticulously to guidance from the medical authorities and governments.”
Ms Jackson also acknowledged Step Three referenced international student travel.
“We welcome the inclusion of international student travel down the track, in step three.”
“We are keen to welcome all our students, from home and abroad, back to face-to-face teaching, but when it is safe to do so.”