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JUNE 2020 | ISSUE 8

How is COVID-19 Impacting Higher Education?

The COVID-19 pandemic has left no aspect of life untouched. Higher education institutions, often and rightly seen as the harbingers of the future, have risen to the new challenges posed by the pandemic in various ways.

In this special issue, we look at the impact of COVID-19 on higher education institutes, and the long-term implications of their responses, from the adoption of virtual learning and its place in curriculums beyond the pandemic to UNESCO’s response to pandemic-exacerbated learning inequality, and how the bayanihan spirit in the Philippines helped mobilise school communities during the crisis. 

In this issue:

  • E-learning and Higher Education in the Pre- and Post-COVID-19 Situation
    Prof Cham Tao Soon, the founding President of NTU and Chairman of The HEAD Foundation’s Advisory Board, shares his thoughts on the role of e-learning in Singaporean institutions and how he envisions the future of local higher education.
  • Monitoring the Impact on People and Places for Relevant Higher Education
    Wesley Teter, Senior Consultant for Higher Education at UNESCO Bangkok, and Libing Wang, Chief of Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development at UNESCO Bangkok, discuss UNESCO’s response to learning inequality amidst the COVID-19 struggle.
  • The Philippines – COVID-19 and its Impact on Higher Education in the Philippines
    Professor Nymia Pimentel Simbulan, Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of the Philippines Manila, shares about the bayanihan spirit of community mobilisation in higher education institutions in the Philippines.
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Vietnamese Higher Education
    Dr Thanh Pham, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Monash University and Dr Huong Nguyen, Academic Manager & Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology, discuss online learning possibilities and their consequences for Vietnam and the global higher education scene.

… and many more.

Webinar

Watch the full recording for the webinar and listen to the lively discussion with a panel of experts from the region!

Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.