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A Focus on the Positive: Higher Ed Steps Up to COVID-19

During these trying times, it’s important to focus on the positive and celebrate the good in the world. In particular, we’ve been inspired by the many ways higher education institutions are stepping up to meet the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented. Below, we highlight several institutions around the globe that have gone above and beyond to help others during these uncharted times.

University of New Haven: The university converted dormitories for first responders who could not return to their families.

Temple University: Partnered with local government to turn stadium and other facilities into makeshift hospital space.

Cardiff University: More than 1,000 Cardiff medical students volunteered to support the Welsh NHS.

Imperial College London: Home of epidemiology report that helped turn US and UK government opinion towards stricter social distancing rules.

King’s College London: Researchers collaborated with local hospitals to launch an app to help track the spread of COVID-19.

Conestoga College: Donated $2 Million in medical equipment to local hospitals.

Fanshawe College: Students and donors came together to help create a fund for students struggling with unexpected expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Queen’s University: Created a $2 million emergency fund for undergraduates and postgraduates impacted by COVID-19.

TAFE Queensland: Started a food bank for struggling international and domestic students.

UNSW Sydney and University of Sydney: In a partnership, the two universities have set up a system to collect non-hospital ventilators and transfer them to medical centers where they are needed.

Johns Hopkins University: Built an online dashboard to track the spread of the COVID-19 global outbreak.

It’s amazing to see so many institutions throughout the world rise to the challenge in the midst of this pandemic. As the situation progresses, be sure to share your stories with us on Twitter or Linkedin.

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