(10 Jun 2020) As the earliest region to be hit, disruption has been stark. In most countries in the region early university shutdowns have meant the loss of at least a semester of face-to-face teaching, sometimes without clear plans as to how this will be made up for during this year.
Universities planning to reopen in June or July, including in China and Malaysia, are allowing only graduating classes and some other groups that require access to campus facilities like laboratories.
Some higher education ministries in countries such as Indonesia have admitted that face-to-face classes may not be possible before the end of this year. Others, like India, are struggling to get face-to-face classes going before August or September.
More details can be found from University World News here.