And they affirmed the sector will always adhere meticulously to our nation’s expert medical advice as the coronavirus epidemic continues to evolve rapidly.
Universities Australia Chair Professor Deborah Terry AO said the coronavirus was the over-riding issue when Vice-Chancellors met in Canberra today.
“The depth of personal concern for the wellbeing of our students, staff and wider communities has been palpably clear in every discussion,” she said.
“As is the consistent commitment always to act in line with expert medical advice.”
“Our utmost priority will always be the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our students, staff, and the broader Australian public.”
“Universities thank Education Minister Dan Tehan once again for his strong support, constant communication, and his clear focus on the national interest.”
“We will warmly welcome our students back when the official medical advice judges it safe to do so – to the rich educational experience they sought when choosing to study in Australia in the first place.”
“When that time comes, we will work closely with Government on student support arrangements.”