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How USB is responding to the Coronavirus pandemic

  • MAR 19
  • Tags COVID-19; Coronavirus; online education; webinars; lockdown; blended learning

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What does the outbreak of COVID-19 mean for USB?

Please read the official communication about the national lockdown from our Deputy Registrar regarding students and faculty.

Official announcement

Legislation from National Government

On 23 March 2020, the South African government declared a nation-wide lockdown in terms of the Disaster Management Act – entailing that, from midnight on Thursday 26 March, all South Africans will have to stay at home. This lockdown period was to last for 21 days until midnight on Thursday 16 April. The lockdown was extended until midnight on 30 April, from which we entered a staged quarantine process.

For updates on the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa, you may visit the South African Online Resource & News Portal for COVID-19. 

Students and classes

Since Monday 20 April, online teaching has been instituted for all USB programmes, irrespective of previous delivery modes. Teaching via this mode will continue until further notice. In-person consultation is still on hold, but USB will be in contact with stakeholders regarding any changes to protocol.

We will continue services to our students remotely during working hours. If we do not respond within 48 hours, our Centre for Student Administration is available at csa@usb.ac.za to handle any queries

We remain committed to the completion of the academic programme for this year, and continue to make future provisions for online facilities, such as remote learning through our Blended Learning format. Programme-specific arrangements regarding classes will be communicated via our Learning Hub platform.

Events

It is an unfortunate reality that we have had to postpone each of our events involving physical interaction until further notice. These events include USB Leader’s Angle events, Alumni Masterclasses and Networking events, as well as other in-person talks, workshops and seminars. This decision from USB and Stellenbosch University (SU) has not been made lightly. We have invested much time and finance into creating these experiences, and understand the disappointment of those who were looking forward to each occasion, making time in their busy schedules to attend. We also understand the importance of these events within the USB community, and the loss incurred from these cancellations.

Despite these setbacks, we have made great headway in putting our events online, particularly with our Leader’s Angle Series and Alumni Webinars. We hope to apply this winning formula to as many events on our calendar as we can. 

Staff

Since the announcement of the lockdown, staff has been working from home. They are fully connected and available to respond to e-mails and phone calls during work hours to ensure that the operational needs of each USB department are met.

With our business school’s commitment to responsible leadership and creating value for a better world in mind, we believe we have taken the best course of action at this point in time. Taking into account the fluidity of the situation, we are constantly reevaluating our strategies to ensure we will exercise best practices in our decisions going forward.

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