EAIE has conducted and published a survey on ‘Coping with COVID-19: International higher education in Europe’. Comparing it to the NAFSA survey gives interesting insights in priorities in Europe and America, captured well in Bill Clinton’s election slogan “It’s the economy, stupid!”.
The first focus of the survey is on what institutions did and how they communicate. The second focus – the impact on mobility streams – is qualitative in nature: it shows the response in terms of “none”, “some”, “considerable” and “much”. Responses in terms of the proportions and absolute numbers of decrease would have allowed comparison of the impact across countries – even though those numbers would have been assessments rather than measurements at this stage. Also, we must note that a survey undertaken between February 19 and March 6 can’t reflect the pandemic nature of COVID-19: the results still mainly show China and Italy as the places of infection and infliction.
Perhaps the survey is most remarkable for what it does not mention: the vast and fast transition in all universities towards on-line education and its probable impact on the future of international education and international university collaboration. Given the Pandemic, EAIE makes this publication also available to non-members.