Student recruitment and fees

Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, universities have been thrown into an imminent crisis of a reduction in student recruitment and loss in tuition revenue. This is especially for countries that are dependent on international students as a lifeline of their national economies. While such concerns enframe international students in an economistic manner, tuition fees are also a vital source of livelihood for local economies where universities play a significant role in the circulation of capital. How will the pandemic alter all these, and is it a case of survival of the fittest?


8 March 2020, Global higher education set to count cost of coronavirus outbreak: Unesco and OECD data on international enrolments and fees show losses could run into billions of dollars,

15 May 2020, International students are vital to Canada’s economic recovery after COVID-19,

18 Mar 2020, Resetting international recruitment for extraordinary times,

26 Mar 2020, Challenges of student recruitment in the age of COVID-19,

2 Apr 2020, Covid-19 could be a curse for graduates but a boon for universities: A post-coronavirus recession could drive higher university enrolment and enhance human capital,

14 Apr 2020, ‘A downward spiral’: coronavirus spins Australian universities into economic crisis,

Date N.A., How to Mitigate the Impact of Coronavirus on International Student Recruitment,

13 Apr 2020, Anatomy of a perfect storm for international recruitment,

25 Apr 2020, International student recruitment in a post-China world,

16 May 2020, New role of alumni in recruiting international students,

22 May 2020, How universities came to rely on international students?,

23 May 2020, Will foreign students start degrees if they can’t travel?,

1 Jun 2020, 50% drop in foreign student enrolment by 2021 predicted,

8 Jun 2020, UK faces £463m shortfall due to decline in SE Asian students,

17 Jun 2020, Universities pressed to refund tuition amid protracted pandemic,

18 Jun 2020, Japan: Universities fear fall in overseas student applications,

18 Jun 2020, Which nations will weather the storm on international recruitment?,

25 Jun 2020, Flywire announces Covid-19 payment plan,

29 Jun 2020, Student recruitment tour companies planning for online-only until 2021,

8 Jul 2020, Raising foreign student enrolment post-Covid-19,

25 Jul 2020, Can India achieve its enrolment target post-pandemic?,

29 Jul 2020, As pandemic stops Nepali students from going abroad, consultancies and other businesses take a hit,

3 Aug 2020, Embrace digital to crack Chinese market

13 Aug 2020, NZ unis predicting “massive struggle” in 2021,

18 Aug 2020, International students question fee hikes at Canadian HEIs,

19 Aug 2020, THE moves into international student services,

19 Aug 2020, Sinorbis launches virtual student recruitment fair for China,

28 Aug 2020, UK unis “keen to ensure” places for internationals,

24 Sep 2020, UK universities recruit record numbers of international students,

22 Oct 2020, Quality online teaching crucial to Chinese student recruitment,

27 Oct 2020, Australian HEIs offer rebates to offshore students,

28 Oct 2020, Australian business schools: will overseas students return?,

30 Oct 2020, Atlantic Canada universities seeing decline in student enrolment due to COVID-19,

31 Oct 2020, International recruitment – Is Canada facing a big squeeze?,

12 Nov 2020, The Pandemic May Have Changed International Recruiting Forever: New tactics started as emergency measures, but could be a lasting way to keep enrollments up,

16 Nov 2020, Number of Education Malaysia offices overseas to be halved in rationalisation exercise,

20 Nov 2020, US colleges report a 43% decline in new international student enrollment, and not just because of the pandemic,

23 Dec 2020, How will the pandemic affect university fees in 2021?,

24 Dec 2020, Education Expert Says International Students Like Canada’s Handling of COVID-19 Pandemic,


9 Jan 2021, Will Vietnamese student numbers in the US recover post-COVID?,

15 Jan 2021, Australian universities feel the sting of the student crisis,

22 Jan 2021, Australian universities warn of economic ripple effect if international students remain locked out,