An opportunity for East Asia? Global student flows to suffer ‘massive hit’ for years

(26 Mar 2020) International student mobility will take at least five years to return to normal levels in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, while East Asia will emerge as a regional hub in the intervening period, a leading global higher education scholar has predicted.

Simon Marginson, director of the Centre for Global Higher Education at the University of Oxford, said that developing countries in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa will bear the brunt of a coronavirus-induced recession and that “a temporary shrinkage of the global middle class” will have a significant knock-on effect on international student flows to Western universities.

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