We are living in difficult times, and we don’t know what lies ahead. In a crisis, it’s all the more important to be true to who you are, what you do, and what’s important to you. The idea that “it’s not what you do, but how you do it” is more important than ever. We are all trying to work out how we continue to be who we are, live our lives, and do what we do, but, by necessity, in new and different ways.
In almost half a century of involvement in the education sector, I can’t think of anything which has so deeply impacted the international education community quite like the situation we all find ourselves in today. However, this recollection also contains hope. For all challenges and crisis present us with new problems that we have not faced before, but they also provide us with new opportunities, and all can be tackled by standing together, stronger as a whole.
As an organisation, we have made a statement in response to COVID-19 (and we will continue to provide updates), but I wanted to reach out to you all on a personal level.
First, to reassure you in these difficult times, that as part of the ASIC community, you have friends all over the world who share the same vision and mission and are also experiencing the same problems. If your institution finds itself facing seemingly insurmountable difficulties, please reach out to us, and we will try our very best to help or find you the support you need.
Secondly, I ask for your help. People around the world find comfort in different ways and place their faith in different religions and practices. But, no matter what our differences are, we all look to the same light in the darkness – hope. I ask you and your institutions around the world to be a beacon for hope in these troubled times. Misinformation, fake news, racism, unscrupulous profiteering, corruption; all threaten our communities.
I believe education providers have the opportunity to demonstrate their very real, tangible, ethical value to society. You all have voices that can rise above those that (for inexplicable reasons) wish to sow confusion and harm. Let us all come together and ensure that we, and our institutions and organisations, stand as pillars of truth and protectors of our staff, students, and communities. If you would like to share the stories of your institution’s efforts to protect and serve your communities, please let me know and we will share them with the ASIC community through our social media channels.
Finally, I would like to reiterate our thanks for your efforts in continuing to provide access to quality education provision, in a variety of ways and in such difficult circumstances. Your dedication is valued and appreciated – and does not go unnoticed. Thank you to all.
Very best wishes,
Dr. M. K. Dimmock
Chair of the ASIC Group of Companies