86% CHINESE STUDENTS WANT TO RETURN HOME

Approximately 86% of Chinese students currently studying abroad wish to return to China, with almost two-thirds of those surveyed in a new report from the Beijing Overseas Study Service Association saying they aren’t satisfied with the actions their host countries are taking to halt the spread of coronavirus. The BOSSA report, published on March 23, includes responses

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UNITED KINGDOM : UNIVERSITY STUDENTS CAMPAIGN FOR REFUND

Over 235,000 university students in the United Kingdom have signed a petition to have their tuition fees refunded as they say that remote learning should not cost up to £9,250 (US$11,500) per year, write Camilla Turner and Claudia Rowan for The Telegraph. Most universities have told students to return home, where they can, and have moved

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ACROSS EUROPE FACE ‘CHAOS’

The erection of borders, disrupted transport and fear of infection mean many will have to stay put, but their mental health could be at risk, universities are warned Exchange students have been left stranded across Europe by the coronavirus pandemic, as flights are cancelled and borders erected amid mixed signals over whether to stay or

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LECTURING INTO YOUR LAPTOP IS NOT NEARLY ENOUGH

Good online pedagogy is all about readability, comprehension checks – and endless clicks, says Nicholas Murgatroyd With universities around the world moving their classes online in response to the coronavirus outbreak, many academics face a steep learning curve around effective online pedagogy. At my university, we digitised part of our pre-sessional language courses for international master’s students

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USA : EVERYBODY READY FOR THE BIG MIGRATION TO ONLINE COLLEGE? ACTUALLY, NO

One consequence of coronavirus: It will become more apparent that good online education is easier said than done. Nobody planned for an abrupt mass migration of traditional college courses to the internet. But because of coronavirus, that’s where we are. Hundreds of thousands of students have been told to clear out their belongings and head

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FORTNIGHTLY SURVEY ON STUDENT STUDY ABROAD PLANS

The number of would-be international students making alternative study abroad arrangements ahead of the next academic year is increasing as COVID-19 continues to disrupt daily life around the world. This is according to QS, who will be publishing the results of an ongoing survey filled out by students on their study abroad plans every fortnight. So far,

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CORONAVIRUS: ED TECH OFFERS FREE SERVICES

A number of ed tech companies around the world – and the country of Estonia – are offering free services to universities, schools and students to limit the disruption to learning caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Challenges to the international education sector have been unprecedented, with travel bans and school and university closures. In response, language-learning

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UK : FLEXIBLE ADMISSIONS COULD MITIGATE COVID-19 IMPACT

Experts say institutions should allow students to delay start date and relax entry requirements Universities should focus on introducing more flexible admissions processes and strengthening their communications strategies to mitigate any potential damage from the coronavirus crisis, according to experts. Vincenzo Raimo, chief relationship officer at global student housing provider Unilodgers and an expert on

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GLOBAL : WILL THE CORONAVIRUS MAKE ONLINE EDUCATION GO VIRAL?

The sudden closure of university campuses across China and elsewhere has necessitated the virtual delivery of vast numbers of courses. And while there have been inevitable teething problems, observers are wondering whether the future might just have become the present. When Times Higher Education surveyed leaders of prominent global universities in 2018, the 200 respondents – from

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CORONAVIRUS: GROWING NUMBER OF UK UNIVERSITIES MOVE TO ONLINE TEACHING

Decision by some institutions to end lectures and seminars prompts others to quickly follow suit A growing number of UK universities are moving away from face-to-face teaching as the coronavirus crisis escalates. After the London School of Economics announced that it would be delivering teaching online for the rest of the year, and Durham University said there would be

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