Internationalisation and COVID-19 – Challenges and lessons
African actors in the internationalisation of higher education fear that students from the continent may face extra obstacles in seeking study opportunities abroad in a post-COVID-19 era, but are expressing optimism that the sector in Africa will survive the pandemic with the necessary strategies in place.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has come with a lot of uncertainties for the higher education sector and for internationalisation and mobility. Are we, for example, going to see countries impose new conditions such as COVID-19 vaccination compliance certificates targeted at Africa?” asked Professor Goski Alabi, chairperson of the African Network for Internationalisation of Education (ANIE) and president of Laweh Open University College in Ghana.
Speaking at a recent webinar on the implications of COVID-19 on higher education and internationalisation in Africa, hosted by the ANIE network and the International Education Association of South Africa, Alabi said questions have arisen since the outbreak including whether previously issued visas will be extended following institutional and border closures, and whether students will have to pay for the extensions…..read more