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COVID-19: What Does This Mean For Providers of International Education?

COVID-19 has resulted in a tectonic shift in the higher education landscape in New Zealand and around the world. There have been calls to reconceptualise the culture of learning, its role in society and reassess the business models which underpin many institutions. The ongoing viability of international education has also been called into question.

Our panel of international experts took part in a one hour facilitated webinar on 22 April 2020, which provided an overview of COVID-19’s impact on international education and discussed the steps required to develop a recovery plan.

Discussion Topics:
• COVID-19: Re-crafting the narrative for the global economy (focus on China & India).
• What is the ‘New Normal’? A crystal ball gaze into the future of international education.
• Success factors required for institutions to ensure the future international enrolment pipelines.



Francisco is Education Advisor at the Chairperson’s office of Qatar Foundation. He served as World Bank’s Lead Higher Education Specialist for India and South Asia after a long career on International Education based in several different countries.

Keri Ramírez is an Economist with 15 years’ experience in International Education. He is responsible for the largest benchmark analysis of international education strategies in New Zealand.

As Market Research and Data Manager at QS, Chris produces the QS International Student Survey and Domestic Student Survey, as well as bespoke market research projects for educational institutions across the Australia–Pacific region.

Arthur Chin is Executive Director of Business Development at UCOL. He has developed over 30 international articulations and was the banking lead that developed the Funds Transfer Scheme.