Everyone should have the opportunity to pursue higher education, but during the last year COVID-19 has stolen that opportunity from many students the world over. The global pandemic has dramatically disrupted the higher education sector, and with it the lives of students all around the world. We are now seeing significant changes in how students study, how they pay for their tuition and living costs, and even how they think about their future.
The growing crisis in higher education will be the subject of a major event this May hosted by the Varkey Foundation, in partnership with Chegg.org. ‘The Global Student Summit’ will be part of the Varkey Foundation’s well-known Global Education Series and will discuss key issues affecting undergraduate students, including the rapid increased adoption of online learning, the student debt and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health.
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The Varkey Foundation is convening the event, which will include a discussion of the findings from a new global poll commissioned by Chegg.org on the lives, hopes and fears of undergraduate students around the world. The survey, which polled 17,000 undergraduate students in 21 countries, shows that many of today’s students would broadly support moves toward more online learning in higher education and their desire for more affordability in the system. It also finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the mental health of many undergraduate students around the world.
The Global Education Series event will bring together leaders and experts from across the world's education and skills sector to discuss the future of further education. The event will also convene current and future higher education students to offer their views on the plethora of situations on hand.
Many students want more online learning post-COVID.
48% of students surveyed globally would like their university course to incorporate more online learning, post COVID-19 (versus only 34% who would not.)
Students prefer shorter, cheaper courses.
54% of students surveyed globally said they would prefer their university degree to take a shorter amount of time to complete, if it was cheaper.
Students' mental health has deteriorated during COVID-19.
56% of students surveyed globally said their mental health has suffered during the period of COVID-19.
Source: Chegg Global Student Survey, 2021
"This House Believes That The Future of Higher Education is Online"
Is COVID-19 driving a permanent shift toward online learning across the global higher education sector? Over two-thirds of undergraduate students surveyed by Chegg.org in 21 countries say they would rather their university offered the choice of more online learning – if it meant paying lower tuition fees. Hear from experts on both sides of the issue in this debate on the future role of online in higher education.
John J-H Kim, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School
Nathan Schultz, President of Learning Services, Chegg
Amy Ogan, Professor of Learning Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Remus Pricopie, Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
Moderator: Agustin Porres, Regional Director for Latin America, Varkey Foundation
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