Reflecting on COVID-19 and internationalization of higher education: Implications and complications

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Abstract

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a fast-moving pandemic that has brought about calamities and challenges to the human world. In the field of international higher education (IHE), it problematizes and challenges the operation of neo-liberal mentalities and rationales, while generating disruptions and impediments to the flows of globalization. Drawing upon extant research on IHE across spatial and cultural contexts, this essay aims to: (1) unravel the deficiencies of neo-liberal mentalities and rationales in coping with the challenges of COVID-19 to IHE; (2) assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the developments of globalization and internationalization of higher education with particular focus on the complications therein; and (3) explore the possible spill-over effects on and implications for the re-positioning of IHE in the post-COVID-19 era. Albeit the negative impacts of COVID-19 may not last, its spill-over effects are bound to cast a long shadow over IHE’s future development. This essay explores how IHE can persist in spite of deficiencies in neo-liberalism and fluidity in globalization. Copyright © 2022 Emerald Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual review of comparative and international education 2021
EditorsAlexander W. WISEMAN
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Pages119-133
VolumePt. A
ISBN (Electronic)9781802625219, 9781802625233
ISBN (Print)9781802625226, 1802625224
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Citation

Lo, J. T. Y., & Pan, S. (2022). Reflecting on COVID-19 and internationalization of higher education: Implications and complications. In A. W. Wiseman (Ed.), Annual review of comparative and international education 2021 (Pt. A, pp. 119-133). Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited.

Keywords

  • Internationalization
  • Higher education
  • COVID-19
  • Neo-liberal mentalities
  • Globalization
  • Cross-border services

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