The global higher education sector has been dramatically transformed as a result of the coronavirus. Learn more about the impact of this crisis and our exclusive survey findings below.
COVID-19 has created a new normal for the higher education sector, revolutionizing the online learning landscape, reshaping application processes, and refreshing crisis management strategies.
QS has undertaken a range of research projects to support institutions and students during these challenging times.
To present this research, QS has published a comprehensive report of the findings: The Impact of the Coronavirus on Global Higher Education.
This includes findings on how prospective international students are responding to the coronavirus.
According to our analysts, 46% of respondents stated that the coronavirus had impacted their plans to study abroad.
Of these respondents, 47% had decided to defer their entry until next year, 13% now intend to study in a different country, and 8% no longer want to study abroad.
In an accompanying survey of higher education institutions, respondents stated that the coronavirus had caused their institution to implement several measures, including:
- Switching some of their scheduled courses online (50%)
- Delaying the start dates for some of their courses until the following semester (19%)
- Changing application deadlines for their next intake (17%)
- Changing offer acceptance deadlines for their next intake (16%)
- Deferring some of their 2020 offers to 2021 (13%)
- Starting to conduct their own English language tests (8%)
Additionally, the QS survey found that 50% of respondents believed that the coronavirus would have a detrimental impact on the number of student applications they received at their institution, while 26% thought they would stay the same.
To discover more insights from exclusive QS research, please download a free copy of our report: The Impact of the Coronavirus on Global Higher Education.