Neither world leaders nor leading medical professionals would have anticipated the adverse impacts of the global health crisis resulting from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic on multifaceted aspects of contemporary society. Set against the broader political economy context, this Special Issue focuses on examining the impacts of the present global health crisis on higher education development. Addressing the major objective of the Special Issue, this article chooses the theme of reimagining higher education in the post-COVID-19 era, critically examining Chinese students’ desires and motivations for overseas learning. Based upon a few waves of surveys conducted since 2020, after the outbreak of the pandemic, this article assesses the impacts of the unprecedented global health crisis on Chinese students’ future overseas study plans. Having experienced various forms of disruption during the COVID-19 period, this article also critically reimagines higher education development in the post-COVID-19 era.
The authors are thankful for fundings from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 51502160), Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province (no. ZR2015EQ001), National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (no. 2015AA034404), and SDUST Research Fund (no. 2015JQJH101).
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- COVID-19 pandemic
- International student mobility
- Higher education
- University governance
- Overseas learning desires
- Quality education for all