A Note to the CIID Community

Tuesday, 17th Mar 2020



Like any responsible organisation, CIID’s first priority is to ensure the health and safety of its team, students, and faculty. But as an entity whose purpose centers on building positive social impact and finding solutions to critical global challenges, we believe our actions must reflect our duty to the greater good of society. It is this principle that informs our decision to run all our work remotely: Our full-time team is adapting to smart working, while we are shifting all our educational programmes to a remote learning format. We plan to return to an in-classroom experience as soon as it is safe enough, based on the guidelines from government authorities. We will evaluate this decision and its execution at multiple stages, with input from students, faculty, staff, and all the stakeholders.

While there are still so many unknowns about the global coronavirus pandemic, the data from numerous countries around the world is indisputable: Social distancing, particularly when adopted as early as possible, can dramatically slow the exponential spread of the virus through a population. Our responsibility is clear—not only to our students, faculty, and staff, but also to society at large. We must play our part in protecting the most vulnerable among us by following government guidelines to avoid gathering in groups and to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from the general public.

We hope you will join us in creating new ways of learning and collaborating online. We thank you for your patience and send you wishes of good health.