An agile response to Covid-19: how Australian universities are adapting to a global  crisis

4 Jun 2020, 09:00 - 10:00

In partnership with Nous Group, this webinar will share insights into the Australian higher education sector’s response to Covid-19. Vice-chancellors at the University of Sydney and University of Wollongong will bring institutional perspectives on managing the crisis, and a Principal from the Nous Group will share insights into the Australian government’s response.   


When Covid-19 struck in Australia, it coincided with the start of the academic year, meaning quick decisions had to be made. The webinar is a chance for UK institutions to hear about, and ask questions of, Australian strategies for recovery, from adapting methods of teaching and shifting start dates to rebalancing funding and refocusing priorities. 


Australia was quick to close its borders due to Covid-19, and has now set out its road to recovery, with social restrictions being eased and a clear 3-stage plan in place for gradual reopening of the economy 


So what can the UK higher education sector learn from the way Australia is responding to Covid-19? In this webinar, we’ll discuss approaches taken by Australian institutions, as well as measures introduced by the government such as:  


  • Hardship packages for international students announced by State governments 
  • Negotiations that are in place with national unions around working conditions 
  • The increase in face-to-face learning at universities that is included in the first phase of reopening 
  • The suggestion that international students could be among the first to be exempt from the travel ban in the third phase 
  • The introduction government-supported short courses to support those going back into employment. 

Nous Group is an international management consultancy operating in 10 locations across the UK, Australia, and Canada. For over 20 years they have partnered with leaders to shape world-class businesses, effective governments and empowered communities.  

Donna Taibe

Donna Taibe

Admin and Events Coordinator
Universities UK International

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