The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought extensive discussions on globalisation and deglobalisation. Within our hyper-connected world, the virus knows no lines and boundaries and spreads across countries regardless of nationality, race or ethnicity, gender, social class, age or religion. 

The world population is connected and faces the same problems. 

The virus requires social distancing and nations have taken precautions, closing borders and focusing on national security. National interest is the priority and countries like the United States are talking about moving manufacturing back home. Protectionism and xenophobia are just around the corner. 

With this mixture of globalisation and nationalism, it is unclear how globalisation will look after the pandemic, in particular how the pandemic will affect the highly mobile group within the Chinese student population who study in foreign countries and how global competence might be constructed within this group to prepare for the changing world after COVID-19.

Read more : Tao Wang : University World News : 12 September 2020