Title: Re-introducing International Students to Face-to Face Learning in the New Normal
Stream: International Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Parin Somani, Independent Scholar, United Kingdom
Remote learning became the primary mode of educating students within higher education during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic. The lockdown regulations imposed by national and international governing bodies, resulted in physical closures of higher educational institutions forcing students to return to their homes to acquire knowledge via technological platforms. This included international students who returned to their countries of residence from England and continued to attend remote learning sessions provided by their higher educational institution. This study aims to identify the effects of the covid-19 pandemic on international students within higher education. There is an endeavour to re-introduce international students to face-to-face learning within English higher education institutions in the new normal world. A systematic literature review is carried out via a thorough literature search. Results have indicated that international students contribute immensely to the English economy supporting local economics, employment and they have a positive impact on the export market. The admission of international students within higher educational institutions in England, have constituted towards compensating for economic loss caused by a decrease in enrolment of English national students. International student vulnerability is caused by the temporary immigration status; exclusion of governing body funding programs; financial and psychological distress to continue education; international student admissions and digital inequalities. International students and higher educational institutions can overcome these challenges with resilience and collaboration between governmental and non-governmental organisations to ensure equality in the new normal world.
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