Last update: June 29th 2020
Such an astonishing number of analyses and forecasts have already been published on the possible COVID-19 impact on international higher education that it is easy to lose track. Therefore, the DAAD wants to provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of COVID-19 research and expertise in the field of international higher education. Should you know of any other analyses and forecasts that are not mentioned here, we would be pleased to receive a brief note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QS, Educations.com and StudyPortals are currently conducting three international surveys of students and prospective students on the COVID-19 impact on their study or mobility plans.
QS is not only interviewing prospective international students, but also university staff. Previous results of the QS surveys can be found in these reports published so far:
At the end of May, Studyportals published the summary report "" on their surveys of around 800 internationally mobile and non-mobile students worldwide. Earlier publications of the results of the Studyportals surveys can be found here:
However, a certain amount of caution is recommended with regard to the findings, since the number of interviews is very low for an international student survey (about 400, 600 and 800 respondents, respectively).
The results of the Educations.com survey, which is also still ongoing, can be found here:
As with QS, prospective international students were surveyed, as well as current international students.
The consultancy EY Parthenon has produced a yet unpublished analysis entitled "COVID-19 crisis: Planning towards the new normal - International Higher Education Market", which was reported by Times Higher Education at the end of June (""). The original report was made available to the DAAD on request.
In April, the Australian Educational Consulting Agency IDP interviewed about the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic on their mobility plans. A summary of the most important findings can be found at the and the .
Impact of COVID-19 on HE internationalisation and international academic mobility in specific countries or regions
Fintiba, a private consulting agency for international students interested in Germany as a host country, published a in mid-May. This shows: Most students are still very interested in studying in Germany. The study was also reported on by , among others.
The British Council, DAAD's sister organisation in the UK, has also already conducted a . Similar to the IIE, the focus here is on Chinese students who represent by far the largest group among international students in the UK. The more than 10,000 respondents in this survey included Chinese students who are already studying in the UK as well as Chinese applicants at British universities.
The Institute for International Education (IIE), DAAD's sister organization in the US, has conducted two "Snapshot Surveys" on the COVID-19 impact at US universities and has published the findings here:
The Australian Population Research Institute published the report "" Among other things, the report forecasts that the number of international students in Australia will decline by approximately 50% by mid 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most important findings of the report were also .
The Chinese umbrella organizations of educational guidance agencies, BOSSA and COSSA, conducted two surveys on the COVID-19 impact on student mobility in China:
The private consulting agency Global Reach conducted a previously unpublished survey of around 1,600 prospective international students from South Asia (India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka), which was reported in mid-June in The Piew News ("").
There are also several surveys available for Indian (prospective) students on the COVID-19 impact on their plans abroad. QS published the report "" in May, which is based on a survey of current Indian students. Unfortunately, the report does not contain any information on the number of respondents.
At the end of June, Times Higher Education published the findings of its , for which 200 university leaders from a total of 53 countries worldwide were asked about their experiences and assessments of the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics of the survey included the experience with digital teaching, the political support of the respective governments and the effects on university funding, university marketing, university staff and research. The .
In May, the International Association of Universities (IAU) published their survey report "". The survey analysis is based on replies from administrative staff at 424 HEIs in 109 countries. Results are analysed both at the global level and at the regional level in four regions of the world (Africa, the Americas, Asia & Pacific and Europe). IAU also collects , sorted by different world regions (see tab "Global News").
The Systemic Risk Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science published the discussion paper "". The paper attempts to predict the impact of the corona pandemic on societal attitudes and views towards scientists and science itself. Times Higher Education has summarised the .
The Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) published in early May, focusing on the many challenges relating to the COVID-19 crisis, how it is affecting higher education around the world at the national, institutional, and individual levels, and what some of the future implications may be.
Science Business is running the live blog "", which reports on how the crisis is impacting research and innovation, and what governments, funders, companies, universities, associations and scientists are doing to stop or cope with the pandemic.
Further web publications on crisis management at universities in times of the COVID-19 pandemic are available from the Chronicle of Higher Education and QS:
In addition, some websites and blogs have published numerous expert views and forecasts on the presumed impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the international academic world. On the , you will find several recent articles on the subject of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the international academic world. Other important sources for expert views and forecasts are the websites of , and the British .
Finally, there is also a survey by , for which more than 2,000 leaders in the public and private education sectors worldwide were asked about their assessments of COVID-19 effects (in March). The most important findings of this survey have already been summarised by the .
In another article, also reports on another simulation study as well as an experiment that deals with the concrete implementation of social distancing measures in the context of university teaching. The California Institute of Technology has used 3D simulations to calculate which . A professor at Salve Regina University investigated the in a teaching experiment. Inside Higher Ed contrasts his very negative results with the contrary assessment of a professor at Grand Valley State University, who refers in particular to so-called "", as they are used, for example, by experts of the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University.
- QS webinars:
- Studyportals webinars:
- ICEF webinars:
- JIO Webinar "" by Dr. Allan Goodman & Dr. Francisco Marmalejo (14.05.2020)
- Webinars by Carnegie Dartlet, focussing
- Science Business webinar (22.04.2020)
- Intead townhall (16.03.2020)
In mid-June, the European University Foundation launched an , in which European universities can indicate whether they will accept exchange students in the winter semester 2020/21 and whether they offer online courses. Universities can enter their data via the .
Inside Higher Ed has already conducted two surveys among US university presidents on the COVID-19 impact on HEIs, which are available here:
In mid-May, the Wall Street Journal made a video contribution on the question . To better understand the challenges facing U.S. colleges and universities, the WSJ spoke with administrators, students, and a higher education futurist.
In March, the US-American Art & Science Group also interviewed nearly 500 prospective college students in the US on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their study plans. The most important findings can be found in the .
McKinsey regularly publishes articles on US university governance in times of COVID-19:
The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) at the American University in Washington, DC, published a in early June. The study is based on a survey of university staff at more than 50 universities in Latin America. The most important findings of the study were also published on the CLALS blog.
In recent months, numerous expert views and forecasts on the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for the international higher education world have been published on the relevant media outlets and blogs. In general, we would like to draw your attention once again to the and the , which both contain numerous articles on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international higher education. In addition, especially , , and the (HEPI) constantly publish relevant expert articles and forecasts.In the following you will find a collection of particularly relevant articles from recent weeks and months.
- (Mitchell, 26.06.2020)
- (Marmolejo, 13.06.2020)
- (Marinoni/de Wit, 08.06.2020)
- (Hudzik, 06.06.2020)
- (Aarts, 06.06.2020)
- (MacGregor, 06.06.2020)
- (Edersheim, 06.06.2020)
- (Chao Jr, 03.06.2020)
- (de Wit, 23.05.2020)
- (Montgomery, 16.05.2020)
- (Leask/Green, 02.05.2020)
- (Altbach/de Wit, 02.05.2020)
- (Hudzik, 02.05.2020)
- (Burquel/Busch, 25.04.2020):
- (White/Lee, 18.04.2020)
- (Brown/Salmi, 18.04.2020)
- (Stückelberger, 11.04.2020)
- (Martel/Rumbley, 09.04.2020)
- (Altbach/de Wit, 04.04.2020)
- (Odgen/Streitwieser/ van Mol, 04.04.2020)
- (Atherton, 04.04.2020)
- (Dennis, 28.03.2020)
- (Mitchell, 26.03.2020)
- (Mitchell, 26.03.2020)
- (Altbach/de Wit, 15.03.2020)
- (Bothwell, 10.06.2020)
- (Ross, 04.06.2020)
- (Garcia, 03.06.2020)
- (Bothwell, 02.06.2020)
- (Lorber/Prem, 19.05.2020)
- (Devinney/Dowling, 14.05.2020)
- (Mouzughi, 06.05.2020)
- (Ross, 15.04.2020)
- (Lerman/Sen, 09.04.2020)
- (Hillman, 02.04.2020)
- (Bothwell, 26.03.2020)
- (Marginson, 26.03.2020)
- (Smith, 26.03.2020)
- ICEF Monitor (06.05.2020):
- The PIE News (24.04.2020):
- The Chronicle of Higher Education (15.04.2020):
- ICEF Monitor (15.04.2020):
- Inside Higher Ed (14.04.2020):
- Inside Higher Eduation (14.04.2020):
- The Chronicle of Higher Education (13.04.2020):
- Forbes (13.04.2020):
- Medium.com (09.04.2020):
- Worlds of Education (09.04.2020):
- ICEF Monitor (01.04.2020):
- Medium.com (26.03.2020):
- ZDNet (Dignan, 22.03.2020):