The COVID-19 pandemic has been a transformative moment in history. It mainly created new challenges, but also new opportunities and it also acted as a catalyst for already existing processes; it accelerated transformations, it exposed strengths and weaknesses of our societies. On one hand, it demonstrated the importance of global cooperation, of knowledge, research and science, but on the other hand, it showed the predominance of narrow interests leading to closeness, competition and eventually greater inequality in the world. This session will investigate higher education in this new reality, drawing from the results of the second Global Survey on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education: “Higher Education One Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic” by the International Association of Universities (IAU).
The survey, conducted in the first half of 2021, gathered replies from 496 HEIs in 112 countries and territories from all regions of the world. The survey covered a wide range of academic functioning and missions from governance, teaching and learning, research to community/societal engagement. The report includes the global results as well as a regional analysis in four regions of the world. The survey report includes national and regional perspectives written by organisations and associations of universities from different parts of the world.
This virtual side event is part of the UNESCO WHEC2022 programme. It brings together the leaders of regional and national organisations and associations of universities to discuss how the pandemic will impact the future of Higher Education, putting special emphasis on lessons learnt during the pandemic and how this experience will shape the future of higher education.