Greetings and warm regards! I trust that you and your loved ones are safe and secure in these trying times. We are faced with an unprecedented scenario with the Covid 19 global pandemic, the proportions of which our societies have not had to deal with in living memory. The region has faced pandemics before and recovered. This time will be no different if we each play our part and follow the instructions of our health professionals to practice good hygiene and social distancing to “flatten the curve” of the pandemic as it hits our shores. We must also remember to secure our mental and spiritual health as we grapple with the uncertainties of the times.
My sincere thanks and good wishes go out to the staff that have been shouldering the process of rapid transformation of the College’s curriculum to online and E-learning platforms. Our students, who are our key stakeholders deserve every ounce of support, goodwill and expertise that we can muster up. I am supremely proud of how the academic staff have responded to the challenge and thankful for the herculean work of those that have recently joined the E-learning team.
We are also indebted to the farmworkers and the security, health and administrative staff in finance, ICT, IET, educational technology, student services, property management, marketing and communications for keeping the operations of the College going.
We should be proud of the significant strides that we have made in recent months such as the improved web and social media presence, the strategic international partnerships, the introduction of cutting-edge courses and programming for the new academic year and the upgrades to the campus environment. There are many more positives to applaud and several exciting changes in the pipeline. I have been working with several colleagues to attract funding, strengthen marketing, build institutional capacity and secure continuity for the College
As challenging as the unfolding context is, I would recommend that we keep our eyes focussed on the silver lining in the dark clouds. On a personal note, I would have completed my fourteenth day of selfquarantine tonight. Like many of you the time at home has allowed me to bond more closely with my family, to exercise and catch up with much of my pending work and writing.
I am very much looking forward to seeing you soon and returning to our beautiful campus. Best regards and wishes to you and your loved ones.
Dr. Keith Nurse