Universitè Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is organizing an online discussion on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on international student mobility next November 4, from 5 to 7 pm (CET).
The discussion will gather stakeholders from different institutions in the area of Higher Education to debate the transformation that the landscape of student mobility is undertaking due to the pandemic reactions and emergency measures. Discussion will also focus on creative ways to ensure the continuity of mobility programmes and experience to ultimately foresee what international mobility for students will look like in 2030.
How has COVID-19 crisis impacted international student mobility and the European Universities projects? What will international student mobility look like in 2030?
The COVID-19 health crisis is having an important impact on student mobility. From March 2020, the pandemic prompted reactions and emergency measures from higher education institutions and decision-makers, who had to get creative to find ways to ensure the safety and continuity of the mobile students’ academic programmes.
It also forced the hasty introduction of digital tools and the transition to remote teaching – a challenge most higher education institutions took up successfully. If the development of hybrid and virtual learning was an ongoing process in some institutions and while the “digitalisation” Erasmus mobility actions has been a long-standing objective of the European Commission, universities’ teaching and administrative staff had to “go digital” almost overnight.
What is more, just a few months prior to the crisis, the higher education sector was entering another revolution: the selection of the first “European University Alliances”, meant to reshape the higher education landscape and give it a new momentum was the (other) big news of 2019. How are these projects evolving in the light of the current crisis? Are universities actually putting these projects aside, or are these consortia actually the needed “labs” to re-imagine student mobility?
Beyond the impact on the digitalisation and international mobility processes of universities, we may also wonder: what does this crisis mean in terms of mobility opportunities for students? What will international student mobility look like in 2030?