MARCH 2020

COVID-19 presents a situation which continues to evolve rapidly. We are living in a society that is increasingly anxious and many of us are worried for ourselves, our children, older family members, and family members and friends living overseas. It is a hard time to be separated from our loved ones and my thoughts are with our university community and alumni who will be cut off from family based overseas, particularly in countries which are suffering at present.

In these difficult times, a silver lining for me has been the extraordinary way in which people across Griffith have worked with professionalism and dedication to continue the educational experience for our students, move rapidly to online teaching and ensure that important research and operations can continue. No team in the University has been untouched by this extraordinary situation, and all our staff have stepped up to support each other, our students and our partners. I am deeply grateful and proud to be a member of this exceptional community.

Our students continue to learn and be supported in creative ways that we could not have imagined only a few months ago. Research continues to be carried out, some of it aimed at helping to limit the harm caused by COVID-19 medically, socially and economically. We are even managing to keep some of our wider engagement activities going through online platforms. We are all learning new skills, new technologies and new ways of staying connected, which will stand us in good stead when all this is over.

Despite all the challenges, there is still good news to report. Griffith did exceptionally well in the 2019 survey results for the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching Student Experience – the survey which compares the experiences of recent graduates from Australian universities. The survey results placed Griffith seventh in Australia for Overall Quality of student experience, in the top five public universities and the top public university in Queensland.  Significantly, this positions Griffith University sixth in Australia for students’ satisfaction with Teaching Quality. As you know, Griffith has a proud history of outstanding teaching and we are taking that spirit with us as we move online.

I am also pleased to let you know that Griffith Business School’s MBA program maintained its Tier One position in the CEO Magazine’s 2020 Global MBA rankings, one of just 11 Australian universities to receive the accolade. The Griffith online MBA was ranked fourth in Australia and 16th globally.

During these times that present us with new challenges on so many levels - both professionally and personally - my thoughts are with you and your families. We are looking forward to finding new and inventive ways of staying connected with you in coming months.

Carolyn Evans

Vice Chancellor and President

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