Webinar: The Future of Higher Education in the Era of COVID-19: Lessons from Japan and the United States

  • 29 Apr 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC-04:00)

This event is hosted by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Foundation.

  • The spread of COVID-19 has drastically altered everyday life for hundreds of millions around the globe. In Japan, coronavirus numbers were maintained at a relatively low total after being exposed in early 2020, however cases have now seen a significant rise since early April. The U.S. has experienced a rapid increase, now holding one of the highest tallies for both confirmed cases and deaths. The higher education industry, in particular, has been significantly affected to the point where it has shuttered campuses and moved almost entirely to providing instruction online. Although this is a short-term solution, there are many mid-tern and long-term uncertainties, as well as opportunities to implement innovation for positive change. Topics discussed in this program’s conversation and moderator questions may include:
  • The role of higher education in crises and pandemics
  • How the higher education industry can help
  • How might education shift due to COVID-19 and what new models of education might emerge
  • Delivery and quality of education in spring 2020
  • Minimizing economic impact, keeping academic departments operational, and maintaining facilities
  • Adjusting to modern technology in order to continue instruction
  • Effect to scholarships, tuition assistance, and university endowments
  • Impact for study-abroad programs and international student enrollment
  • Job placement offices working with soon-to-be graduates and young alumni


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