is week six of remote teaching and work. The impact of COVID-19 on the
global economy and the resultant consequences on education is unprecedented in
modern times. I am deeply saddened by the human suffering and misery that has
accompanied the spread of COVID-19, and I hope fervently that this crisis ends
soon so that we can get back to normal.
a personal note, this lockdown has made me appreciate the value of human
connection in a face-to-face setting, something that I had taken for granted. I
miss the energy and optimism that I derived from those serendipitous hallway
conversations that lead to aha moments, getting inspired by exchanges with
students and interacting with the D’Amore-McKim community on a daily basis. Of
course, I now also realize that harnessing the power of human connection in
virtual settings is entirely possible, but planned spontaneity is key to fostering
virtual connections. This feels very different and may take me some extra time
to get used to it.
the feelings associated with the loss of face-to-face human connection, there
is another emotion that surfaces often – a feeling of gratitude to be working
for a true innovator in the higher education space. Northeastern is not an
‘ivory tower’ institution. Our commitment to purposeful experiential education
that fuses the rigor of classroom instruction with the relevance of the
real-world is now over a century old and has stood the test of time. It is part
of our DNA.
strongly believe that Northeastern’s model of humanics + experiential learning
is the right model for the post-COVID world. Why? This new world has led to an
accelerated convergence of physical and digital endeavors. The future of work
is here. The skills necessary to succeed in this digital economy are different
from those that led to success in the information economy. These future-focused
skills require not only a well-rounded education – one that breaks knowledge
siloes and traverses across college boundaries – but also one that focuses on extensive
human-centered technology and data skills. Coupling classroom content with
practical experience is the need of the hour to produce leaders who are ready
to make a difference from day one.
We have been preparing for this future at D’Amore-McKim for a while now. We aspire to create knowledge and educate students for our brave new digitally-convergent world. We are ready for the task and look forward to a bright future ahead that benefits from our progressive model of higher education so that we further benefit the citizens of the world.
Dunton Family Dean
D’Amore-McKim School of Business
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