IAU Global Survey Report Explores Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education

UNU-IAS contributed to a new report by the International Association of Universities exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on higher education.

A new report published by the International Association of Universities (IAU) explores the impacts of COVID-19 on higher education, highlighting challenges and trends. The report, Higher Education One Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic, draws on a global survey of 496 higher education institutions in 112 countries. UNU-IAS contributed to the survey and produced one of the report’s regional perspective sections that focuses on the Asia-Pacific region.

The results of the survey highlight both the resilience demonstrated by the higher education sector and the challenges brought about by the pandemic. It provides a detailed picture of the impact of COVID-19 on the sector and can serve as a valuable resource to address these challenges, but also to pursue new opportunities that the pandemic has created.

The survey gathered institutional responses across four main areas: governance; teaching and learning; research; and community/societal engagement. Initiated in February 2021, it follows a previous survey, the results of which were published in the August 2020 report Regional/National Perspectives on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education.

The new report is available to download on the IAU website.

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