CASE Statement on the Novel Coronavirus
At a meeting on 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of novel coronavirus to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Shortly thereafter, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar declared a public health emergency in the United States. In Australia, the government is taking a highly precautionary approach based on the latest and best medical advice. The UK and French governments have told their citizens in China to leave the country if they could, with the British Foreign Office saying it will charter another special flight on Sunday.
As a global association with member institutions in 82 countries, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recognizes the importance of clear and accurate communications regarding the public health situation in the regions where we operate. CASE encourages all of our member institutions to pay careful attention to the public health announcements of the governing bodies where they are located, and to assess the public health situation in the countries where they have planned activities that require international travel.
As the individuals and institutions that comprise CASE assess their individual situations, it is important to remember that the free exchange of ideas—including the opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives of institutions located elsewhere in the world—is a critical aspect of our global community, enabling learning from innovations that arise in many geographies. International engagement among the scientists who are working now to develop a vaccine signals the continuing importance of advanced research and information-sharing among disciplines and across borders. CASE celebrates and encourages this ongoing exchange that is characteristic of our member institutions
We will be monitoring the latest travel advisories from the World Health Organization and the governmental agencies in the countries where we offer programs, and will provide updates to this policy as the situation requires.
CASE believes in advancing education to transform lives and society. As a global nonprofit membership association of educational institutions, CASE helps develop the communities of professional practice that build institutional resilience and success in challenging times. The communities include staff engaged in alumni relations, advancement services, communications, fundraising, government relations, marketing, and student recruitment. CASE is volunteer-led and uses the intellectual capital of senior practitioners to build capacity and capability across the world.
CASE has offices in Washington, D.C., London, Singapore and Mexico City. Member institutions include more than 3,600 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in 82 countries. CASE serves more than 90,000 practitioners. For more information about CASE, please visit www.case.org.