Report "COVID-19 and higher education: today and tomorrow. Impact analysis, policy responses and recommendations"


On World Health Day 2020, UNESCO IESALC launches a document on higher education and COVID-19.

The temporary cessation of face-to-face activities of higher education institutions on a global scale has operated as a huge disruptor on their operation, with impacts that depend on their ability to stay active and their financial sustainability.

Students and teachers have been affected by the indefinite closure of HEIs and without clarity on the duration of the cessation of activities. Given the supposed cessation of face-to-face activities equivalent to a quarter or more, it is probable that demand will retract in the short term and an upward rebound and where rates are low or non-existent. In the context of the progressive exit from the crisis, governments should have higher education for their economic and social recovery and HEIs must ensure continuity with equity.

Also available in Spanish "COVID-19 y educación superior: De los efectos inmediatos al día después. Análisis de impactos, respuestas políticas y recomendaciones".


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  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government