Happy New Year! It is my hope that you have welcomed the New Year with grace. May you and your families emerge from 2020 and embrace 2021 with optimism. Welcome back!! The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted all of us in many ways. Most importantly, it has impacted how we relate and engage, but it has not diminished our resolve and commitment to providing quality education. Although there were challenges in 2020, we transitioned effortlessly to virtual learning platforms to assist our students navigate the curriculum. Your resolve to adjust to the online revolution has been incredible and I thank you for that. Collectively we managed to save the academic year of 2020 and credit is due to both students and staff for showing exceptional leadership in this regard.
As you are aware, our success as the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (SoBEDS) depends on you and as a school, we have prioritised our students and have demonstrated our commitment to them by inspiring them to excel in their studies. We have made a difference in our communities through our award winning, record setting, and robust collection of programs in the built environment and development clusters. We offer high-quality and responsive curricula that explore connections across six unique disciplines (of Housing, Town and Regional Planning, Architecture, Development Studies, Population Studies and Community Development), and provide exceptional learning opportunities in a variety of modalities (virtual, online, blended, face-to-face) for professional fields that encourage community engagement and provide practical employment readiness experience.