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RUFORUM Thought Piece on COVID-19: Repositioning Higher Education

  • In General
  • 29 Jun 2020 - 9:11am
  • By Mark Wamai
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RUFORUM Thought Piece on COVID-19 by Prof. Kay Muir-Leresche, International Advisory Panel, RUFORUM

Repositioning Higher Education for a post-COVID-19 world.

The impact of COVID 19 and the need to re-engineer university operations and delivery in the ‘near normal’ landscape.

Pandemics can cause major societal disruptions.

The Corona Virus Disease 2019 may not kill as many people as the Bubonic plague in 14th Century, the Spanish flu in 1918 and others across time. So it may not be as disruptive. But COVID-19 has already clearly highlighted the inequality in the world, and it has also shown the vulnerability of all, including the rich, to be affected. The Spanish flu triggered efforts to introduce universal health care and improved housing for the poor in Europe. The cholera epidemic in 19th Century brought improved sewerage and access to water. Will COVID-19 bring changes that make the world more inclusive and better positioned to tackle climate change and a secure future? Or will it increase inequality, food and health insecurity and global warming?

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