18 Mar 2021

New NESET report on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education

NESET is proud to present a new  analytical report “The impact of COVID-19 on higher education: a review of emerging evidence“, prepared by Network member Thomas Farnell, Ana Skledar Matijević, and Ninoslav Šćukanec Schmidt. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on higher education worldwide in virtually all aspects of its functioning. The report provides a synthesis of the emerging evidence on what impact COVID-19 has three specific aspects of higher education in Europe:

  • teaching and learning;
  • the social dimension of higher education (i.e. the effect on underrepresented, vulnerable and disadvantaged learners); and
  • student mobility.

Drawing upon 14 rapid-response surveys carried out in 2020 by university networks, student organisations and researchers, as well as over 50 journal articles, reports and publications, the analytical report synthesises the emerging evidence and presents policy recommendations on actions to be taken at the level of higher education systems and by higher education institutions themselves.

Access the full report, executive summaries in English, French and German, and a summarising one-pager in our Library.