Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on International Higher Education and Student Mobility: Student Perspectives from Mainland China and Hong Kong
13th October 2020 : 14:00 - 15:00
Speaker: Ka Ho Mok, Weiyan Xiong
Location: Zoom webinar, registration required
Convener: Simon Marginson
The world is facing an unprecedented health crisis with the spread of COVID-19 across different corners of the globe. The pandemic again raises the issues of the future of international higher education. Would the COVID-19 adversely impact international education and student mobility?
This quantitative study examined the Mainland China and Hong Kong students’ studying abroad expectations after the pandemic. Among the 2,739 respondents, 84 percent showed no interest in studying abroad after the pandemic. For those respondents who will still pursue further degrees abroad, Asian regions and countries, especially Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan, are listed in the top five, in addition to the US and the UK. While the pandemic has significantly decreased international student mobility, it is also shifting the mobility flow of international students, and East Asian countries and regions are facing more opportunities in the increasingly competitive higher education sector for international students. This webinar also indicates the current global health crisis would intensify social and economic inequalities across different higher education systems when some countries fail to maintain the scale of international learning because of different economic recovery paces in the COVID-19 era.