Dear Deans, Members and Schools,
Half a year has passed since the new coronavirus
epidemic broke out world-widely. I was hoping to draft
my newsletter article with other topics than the
pandemic during the 6 months of the year. I feel sorry
about having to write about the disaster once again.
This time, I’d like to talk about the same issue with two
different perspectives of international education
sustainability, education and finance.
In education, the shift to online was made at very short
notice, as I mentioned in my former messages. It has
accelerated new forms of pedagogy and tremendous
initiatives from individual academics and institutions
have emerged. Learning by doing or by experiential
learning is usually considered as a very effective way to
However, at the same time, there is no doubt that a lot
of online education is currently delivered in its most
basic forms, replicating more traditional forms of
learning on-campus. There has simply been no time to
rethink the pedagogy, to work with professional
instructional designers on purpose-built teaching
material for online delivery and to train lecturers to
A new type of challenge is waiting for international
education. Business schools have been impacted by
the COVID-19 crisis without exceptions. However,
educational institutions whose students are from
various countries have been influenced more deeply:
Some are staying in the host country while others are
in their home countries. These situations have made it
hard to take either the online education or the face-toface education. They have been compelled to take a
third way of teaching to meet with both requirements.
It may be a hybrid education, which will be the first
experience to any type of business school. It is ironical
that more advanced international education
institutions are in more difficult situations. This hybrid
education between the face-to-face-education and the
online education in the same class can be a clue to
break the primitive level of online instruction.
Institutional strategies that are too dependent on
international students for financial income will no
longer be sustainable and those institutions unable to
make the shift to different models will not survive. This
is also particularly true for business schools. COVID-19
will, of course, also affect this strategy.
According to a recent survey, 40% of international
students are considering changing their study abroad
plans due to the current crisis. Another survey showed
that business school deans believed that the current
crisis would accelerate the closure of business schools.
While they believe that the rate of closures will
accelerate by up to 10%, they also believe that the rate
will increase by more than 10%.
I am sure we will overcome the new coronavirus
epidemic sooner or later, but it may take a long time
for business schools to adjust themselves to the new
environment “after corona”. In the first paragraph, I
wrote I wanted to write my message about another
topic. Taking it into consideration that the aftermath of
the pandemic is not going to disappear so soon,
however, I’m afraid that my next draft won’t be
completed without referring to the disaster.
Prof. YOKOYAMA, Kenji, PhD.
Executive Dean & Vice-President
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
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