Greetings to the International Training College Lingua Community.
As we continue to navigate the disruptions and challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I’d like to take a moment to express my gratitude for how our community has been responding, and to reflect on what guides our decision-making during this challenging time.
I truly appreciate the hard work and ingenuity shown by our college and staff in recent weeks. They have worked tirelessly to develop and implement ways to support our students and help sustain their academic progress.
I’d also like to thank our students for being flexible and patient under such stressful circumstances. And I am grateful to our alumni, who have been asking what they can do to help.
We are all trying to make sense of this unprecedented situation. It is fluid, uncertain, unfair, and very demanding of us.
Closer to home in our day-to-day lives, we are called upon to keep our distance from the people we care most about—our grandparents, our parents, our colleagues and friends.
But we are making these sacrifices for the greater good, and to protect the most vulnerable among us. We remain very vigilant in the wake of an increase in infections within the education sector. We call upon all of you to please adhere to the measures instituted to minimise chances of infection.
And throughout these trying times, we have looked to our values—values of community, of inclusion, of social responsibility and accountability to each other—to guide our decision-making.
Our ever-widening circle thrives in an environment where we can feel safe. And so we commit ourselves to maintaining the safety and well-being of our campus community, as well as the broader society to which we all belong.
As developments continue to unfold, we will remain vigilant and will respond to the best of our ability. And we will draw strength from the values that tell us who we are and what we stand for.
I look forward to seeing you on campus again soon. In the meantime, we will get through this by working together, looking out for each other and lifting each other up. I am proud to be your Director and to serve this great institution.
Ingrid. W. Mettler
Managing and Founding Director
International Training College-Lingua