LATEST DECISION: Thirty Spanish universities have announced they will not return to face-to-face classes this academic year, despite Andalucian students reporting their universities are not ready for online tuition.
ELSEWHERE: The German summer semester will still go ahead and application and admission deadlines for the winter semester will be adjusted to reflect the changed exam times, the science ministries of the federal states have agreed. The goal is to mitigate uncertainty by making all summer courses available digitally.
PREDICTION: International higher education experts suggest the post-pandemic outlook will be bleakest for the poorest, as research universities and top-quality institutions that are globally recognised and have stable income streams will emerge “relatively unscathed” from the crisis.
QUOTABLE: “Things won’t change as much as they will accelerate. While other crises reshaped the future, COVID-19 is just making the future happen faster.” NYU Professor Scott Galloway anticipates the transformation of one of the last bastions not yet disrupted by big tech.
VIEW FROM HERE: The Australian prime minister receives criticism over his statement to international students that while it is lovely to have guests in good times, they should “go home” as the country needs to focus on its own citizens now. Accused of neglecting the two-way street of higher education, the government now faces heightened pressure to include international students in government assistance programs.
ZOOM IN: Despite significant challenges, international students in The Netherlands are supported by collaboration between student unions, universities, the ministry of education and other stakeholders.
MARKETS: Savills Global Market Sentiment Survey reports an overall fall in transaction volume of 62%. However, more countries reported no change in residential, including multifamily, student and senior (56%), than a fall (42%).
REMARKS: President of the EAIE Board delivers an open letter from EAIE to the European Commission, applauding the commission on the steps taken so far and issuing an appeal for continued action across six key areas.
AT RISK: While many struggle to get back to families from their study destinations, Chinese students are at risk of severe racism and discrimination.