A huge thanks to all speakers and audience participants who joined us at the workshop. A summary of post-workshop reflections is available for viewing.

As of January 2020, there were about 5.3 million international students worldwide, many whom are now impacted by the global outbreak of COVID-19. With countries suspending cross-border movements, internationalisation activities across campuses and colleges appear to have come to a halt. Study abroad and exchange programmes were suspended. International students were recalled and sent home. Universities are scrambling to cope with the shift towards online and remote learning, which may or may not meet the expectations of students who aspire to gain overseas learning experiences. Existing international students have to navigate multiple challenges associated with closures of campuses, loss of student jobs, visa control measures, and the rise of xenophobia and racism, in addition to making difficult decisions regarding their international study and career plans in a time of great uncertainty.

In this current situation of global containment and border enforcement, the horizon of higher education seems to be a world of constrained mobility. This is due to the anticipated long-lasting impact on international student enrolment even after travel restrictions are lifted, as well as new systems of border controls such as ‘travel corridors’, ‘green lanes’, and ‘immunity passports’ that regulate immigration and emigration in a more selective manner. Additionally, the impacts experienced across the globe by different institutions and various student communities and cohorts are differentiated and with consequences on uneven capacities for recovery and rebound.

How has the global pandemic reshaped cross-border educational activities and student mobilities? How is it reframing present imaginations and practices around mobility and immobility vis-à-vis the political and socio-cultural norms that define their viability? What post-pandemic futures can we imagine and how do we create the conditions for them to be realised?

This virtual workshop is a platform to reflect on experiences across nearly a year of living with the COVID-19, and to discuss possible scenarios and futures of international student mobility and higher education in the Asia-Pacific region set against global trends.



A Time for the Flexible University?: What For-profit Institutions Can Tell Us about International Education in a Post-Pandemic World
Yasmin Ortiga, Singapore Management University

Testing Elite Transnational Education Pathways and Contesting Orders of Worth in the Face of a Pandemic
Rebecca Ye, Stockholm University

Remaking Value, Rebranding International Education: #InThisTogether
Ravinder Sidhu, Queensland University

Border Experiments and New Topologies of Control: Managing international student mobilities during and after Covid-19
Francis Collins, University of Waikato

5 NOV, 14:30 – 16:00 (SGT) | PANEL 2: PEDAGOGIES

Disruption, Digital Literacy, and Learning Platforms
Nancy Gleason, NYU-Abu Dhabi

Collaborative Virtual Field Trips: Pedagogical Opportunities and Practical Considerations
Menusha De Silva, National University of Singapore

Internationalisation at Home and Pedagogical Challenges: Intercultural Education
Sasiwimol Klayklueng , National University of Singapore

Building an Online Learning Community: Reflections on the Challenges and Possible Approaches
Yanyue Yuan, New York University-Shanghai

5 NOV, 17:00 – 18:30 (SGT) | PANEL 3 : NOTES FROM THE UK

Career imagination of Chinese international students in UK universities in a ‘post’ pandemic world
Cora Xu Lingling, Durham University

COVID, Geopolitics, and the Concerns of Chinese International Students: Continuities and Changes
Miguel Antonio Lim, University of Manchester

Covid-19 and the Race for International Students: Mobilities and Migrations in a Post-Pandemic World
Suzanne Beech, Ulster University

Post-COVID Student Recruitment Market: A view from the UK as a destination for International Students
Ralph Buiser, University of Bristol


Internationalisation and Student Mobility during the Pandemic: Lessons to Share
Chin Wee Shiong, National University of Singapore

Turning Risks to Opportunities: Lingnan University’s Efforts in Enhancing Students’ International Experiences amid the Pandemic
Weiyan Xiong, Lingnan University

The Pandemic Pivot: International Programming at Yale-NUS College During COVID-19 and Beyond
Lindsay Allen, Yale-National University of Singapore College