COVID-19 Updates and Resources

COVID-19 Updates and Resources2020-06-19T16:37:52+01:00

QS Quacquarelli Symonds has assembled the following resources and updates to aid higher education professionals during this coronavirus outbreak. We will continue to identify best practices across the sector and provide insights to facilitate discussions and benefit the industry.

To contribute to our analysis of COVID-19’s impact on the higher education sector, please complete our survey for higher education professionals here.

Additionally, if you would like to support our data collection regarding how coronavirus is influencing student decision making, please share this link to the prospective student survey. The results of these two ongoing surveys will be shared regularly on this page.

The World Health Organization defines coronaviruses as “a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).”

A new strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19) was first encountered in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are tiredness, dry cough, and fever.

The coronavirus outbreak has sent ripple effects throughout our global community and will continue to disrupt our way of life for several months yet, reminding us that nations are incredibly interdependent in the 21st century.

COVID-19 has caused unprecedented ripple effects across a number of industries, including the higher education sector. Many higher education institutions have closed campuses, moved classes online, and explored a range of innovative tools to ensure educational delivery is uninterrupted and staff and students can adapt to this new normal.

Despite this unfortunate global crisis, the colleges and universities that QS supports and serves continue to inspire me with their commitment to furthering educational opportunities for international students.

If there is anything this international crisis has reminded me of it is this: the dedication that institutions give to fostering relationships with students will ensure that our evolving, interconnected global community will only continue to strengthen and grow.

At QS, we remain cautious of such global threats and steadfast in our commitment to supporting international student recruitment endeavors. It was with much scrutiny and concern for those that we serve that we decided to move our student recruitment events online. We were able to reschedule or replace our events with Digital Events, enabling students and institutions to continue to build relationships remotely.

QS joins higher education communities around the world in our concern for all affected by the coronavirus. We also endeavor to innovate and confront this disruption head on.

While there are significant challenges ahead, higher education institutions, and in turn QS, are continuously adapting and learning, focusing on meeting students where they are and finding flexible, innovative solutions to overcome these odds.

Lest we forget, before the internationalization of both commerce and education, we did not have the ability to consolidate the world’s best minds to unearth the most cutting-edge research. The same interdependent, global community that has exposed our vulnerability to this virus is also bringing together the best scientific minds from around the world, sharing genomic and clinical data at unprecedented speed, and producing a vaccine in the shortest possible time.

QS will be providing updates to our student surveys regularly over the coming weeks. We also invite educators to share how their institution is responding to the coronavirus by completing the following survey:
The results will be anonymized and combined, with the resulting insights shared through this resources hub, in order to help facilitate discussions and identify best practices across the higher education industry.

  • [Update 1.5.20] QS will be hosting all Africa student recruitment events online during June and July 2020. For more information, please visit this page.
  • [Update 1.5.20] QS will be hosting all North America student recruitment events online during June 2020. For more information, please visit this page.
  • [Update 1.5.20] QS will be hosting all India student recruitment events online during May and June 2020. For more information, please visit this page.
  • [Update 12.3.20] QS will be postponing student recruitment events in Greece and Russia. If your institution was booked to attend you should have received notice from your Account Manager. If you have any questions please contact us.
  • [Update 11.3.20] To check on the status of the upcoming QS conferences, please visit this page.
  • [Update 10.3.20] The QS Connect MBA event in Vienna on 14.3.20 will be hosted online. If your institution was booked to attend you should have received notice from your Account Manager. If you have any questions please contact us.
  • [Update 10.3.20] QS will be hosting all Asia student recruitment events online for May 2020. For more information, please visit this page.
  • [Update 6.3.20] Read more from Nunzio Quacquarelli, CEO here.
  • [Update 26.2.20] QS’ student recruitment fairs scheduled in Italy for March 2020 have been postponed until May. All bookings will be transferred to the new dates. If your institution was booked to attend you should have received notice from your Account Manager. If you have any questions please contact us.

We highly recommend that you consult with your national government for advice regarding all aspects of the coronavirus. You may also want to consider: travel restrictions, self-quarantine periods, restrictions on public gatherings e.g. sporting events, seminars, lectures.

Please also refer to the information provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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