Technology bolstering education at CMU-A in time of precaution

Posted 18th March 2020

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Australia takes the lead in transitioning to remote teaching

From 18 March 2020, all classes at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Australia, located in Adelaide, are being delivered remotely. The university has taken these unprecedented steps to support the well-being of students, staff, faculty and those in the South Australia community at large in response to the COVID-19 virus.

“CMU Australia is well-equipped for quick transitions in times like this. We can shift quickly to a remote mode of delivery because we have the systems, processes and skills to do so. Our faculty are skilled and experienced in ensuring the highest level of education for students irrespective of the mode of teaching,” said Prof. Emil Bolongaita, Head and Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Management of CMU Australia.

“The new measures will ensure the continued functioning of the university while presenting a low risk to South Australia regarding the spread of the Covid 19 virus. Even though there are no cases of the COVID 19 virus on campus, the transition to remote delivery ensures that students will not be inconvenienced in the event of a sudden deterioration of public health situation,” added Prof. Bolongaita.

These prudent actions symbolise CMU’s leadership in responsible and quality global higher education. CMU has been at the forefront of analytics (including health analytics) and is a world leader in information technology and public policy. Recently, MIT Technology Review reports that CMU has been tapped by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop prediction algorithms in the university’s flu-forecasting labs for the Covid-19 pandemic.[1]

As CMU Australia continues to support current students with ongoing education, information and counselling, it has also assured prospective students of commencement of their studies online in the event they are not able to attend classes in person due to travel or visa restrictions.

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