The Covid-19 Pandemic and International Higher Education in East Asia

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The internationalization of education is facing an unprecedented challenge because the world is presently confronted with the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to the current global health crisis, increasing concerns were raised about the value and benefits of international education to different social groups. Critics of the internationalization of education emphasized that international student mobility only favours the elites in society, disadvantaging groups with limited socioeconomics status (Mok, Wang and Neubauer 2020). In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, some leading scholars in the field of international higher education is emerging, of which one major consequence is the intensifying inequality after the post-pandemic period (Marinoni and de Wit 2020). Although Mok and Marginson anticipated a potential paradigm shift from West to East when students choose their overseas learning destinations (Mok 2020l Marginson 2020a), other scholars have considered that the future of globalization may be called into question.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChanging Higher Education in East Asia
EditorsSimon MARGINSON, Xin XU
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
ISBN (Electronic)9781350216266, 9781350216259
ISBN (Print)9781350216242
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2022

Publication series

NameBloomsbury Higher Education Research
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing

Bibliographical note

The author would like to thank his research team from Lingnan University in Hong Kong for the support in conducting the surveys presented in this chapter. Special thanks go to Dr. Padmore Amoah, Dr. Weiyan Xiong, Ms Guoguo Ke and Mr. Francis Arthur-Holmes. Part of the materials presented in this chapter is the revised and adapted version of previous research published online as media reports (see Amoah and Mok 2020; Mok 2020). The author is also grateful to Lingnan University for offering internal research grants to support the two surveys completed during the Covid-19 in 2020.


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