“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” – Bob Dylan.

Anyone working in higher education today does not need a weatherman to know that international recruiting and admissions has changed since COVID-19, and in all likelihood will be changed forever.

This year almost all international conferences have been cancelled and, depending on the higher education institution, between 85% to 90% of all international travel has also been cancelled. In the 27 April issue of The New Yorker, Naomi Fry presents startling facts about the video-conferencing service, Zoom.

Founded in 2011 by Eric S Yuan, Zoom’s valuation hit US$16 billion when the company went public in April. The number of daily users jumped from 10 million last December to two hundred million in late March. The estimated number of daily downloads, which averaged 56,000 in January, was 2.13 million on 23 March alone.

Read more : Gretchen Dobson and Marguerite Dennis : University World News : 16 May 2020