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Theme 5: How higher education institutions respond to COVID-19, build resilience through research and knowledge creation, and find solutions to global challenges.

Thematic lead: Ian Rowlands
Co lead: Faye Taylor
Peer Reviewer: Dr Cristina Devecchi, Dr Godrey Steele nd Dr Likius Daniel
Lead Organisation: Association of Commonwealth Universities

Background

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, universities have been extremely active, meeting multiple stakeholders’ needs for the short-term, medium-term, and longer-term.  They have also been key contributors to broader discussions about how the post-pandemic ‘rebuild’ -- by society broadly -- can be done in ways that serve to meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 

The research theme is as follows:  How higher education institutions respond to COVID-19, build resilience through research and knowledge creation, and find solutions to global challenges.

Objectives/Key Research Questions

To advance this research theme, the following three research questions have been developed and presented to researchers:

What have universities done in response to Covid-19?

  • Teaching changes/innovations
  • Research contributions
  • Community contributions
  • Operational changes

What are the key challenges and opportunities facing universities in a post-COVID world?

What are stakeholders’ expectations of universities in a post-COVID world?

*Picture courtesy of The Commonwealth Secretariat

 
   
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