Was the conference to go ahead as planned, it would be very helpful for participants who are unable to join it due to coronavirus concerns to be able to join the conference remotely.
Many thanks for your consideration.
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From the student perspective, I have heard from students who had been recruiting in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc., that recruiting processes that had been in progress have stalled, and that very few new processes are being initiated. I have not heard of rescinded offers yet, but many students have mentioned alumni and company contacts having "business concerns" for the short term future.
This is not a very useful survey as surely EVERY single person will have been impacted - even if its as basic as 'worry in our office from reading the news', or 'travel bans' or to more extreme such as 'knowing someone who has been affected' so it would be useful to have a comments section after the vote to say 'Why is the reason for your response'. Thanks
On the MBA side, we were not significantly impacted. While our FT program represents over 18 nationalities arriving in Sydney, the timing of their academic year means they had already commenced (early January 2020) before the outbreak of the virus truly took hold at significant levels.
On the Masters side, our broader university was highly impacted due to the significant portion of international students who study in Australia. We've had both commencing and continuing students directly impacted by the travel ban who cannot return to Australia (that ban has just been extended again by a further week as is being reviewed on a weekly basis). Overall the university's analysis shows approximately 11,000 who cannot get to campus, and the Business School has approximately 5,000 of those.
The university as a whole has been incredibly responsive, re-designing course materials to be delivered online for impacted students, finding measures to work around the 'great firewall,' communicating to both staff and students daily with updates, establishing a 24 hour helpline within a matter of days specifically for COVID-19 related inquiries, and ultimately keeping student and staff health, safety, and experience front of mind. Based on what I've seen in the Australian market from other institutions I think UNSW has managed this extremely well.
My team specifically we had to re-design the Business School's Orientation on very short notice for our commencing students 10 February, including our standard face to face delivery (which was not as impacted in attendance as we expected, a testament to the university's strong response to the virus) while simultaneously preparing a digital version hos6ted online for students who could not attend in person or who were otherwise delayed (e.g. self-isolating, concerned, re: attending large events, stuck overseas with the travel ban, or otherwise arriving late for Term start). On the WIL side, we had groups of students overseas on placements who also had to be closely monitored, but this was organised at a whole of university level, including liaising at the federal government and diplomatic levels internationally, and thankfully all students returned without impact.
Three Global Business Experience classes were scheduled this week and next, and were to travel internationally. The classes were cancelled because many of the businesses that they were to visit were closed and employees were working from home. Student were not concerned about infection, so much as concerned they could end up in a protracted quarantine situation.