Education has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic with 1.19 billion learners out of school and 150 country-wide school closures, impacting 68 per cent of the world’s total enrolled learners. Drop-out rates across the globe are likely to rise as a result of this massive disruption to education access.
Most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These nationwide closures are impacting over 60% of the world’s student population. Several other countries have implemented localized closures impacting millions of additional learners.
While class closures, dips in enrollment at the beginning of a new semester and cancellations may be temporary, it’s hard to foresee whether the novel coronavirus will result in long-term disruption to the higher education system.
Surveys carried out since April 2020, including one by QS found that 63 per cent of those who had been planning to study abroad before the pandemic already indicated they intended to defer until next year, and 10 per cent cancelled their study plans altogether, while just 11 per cent said they would study elsewhere.
The most effective tool in keeping student retention and maintaining access to learning has been online courses. Universities across the world, in particular, have adjusted their programs in response to the spread of the coronavirus.
Vietnam – a developing country that has a large land border with China, relatively low income and a population of 97 million people – has not reported a single death from coronavirus and only 271 cases.
While the mortality numbers climb into the hundreds of thousands across the world, Vietnam has managed to contain the outbreak of coronavirus through timeliness, aggressive infection control, mass mobilisation of its population and an unprecedented level of openness.
Vietnam’s robust response and its strong public health system have enabled its success in combating the Covid-19 pandemic, health experts said.
“There are so many different factors that go into it,” Barbara Marston, the Covid-19 International Task Force Lead at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said at a telephonic conference.
“It could be partly ecological, but they are certainly related to the quality of responses, and I think Vietnam has had a very strong response.” She was responding to a reporter asking about the low numbers of infection cases in Vietnam.
According to the international press, the reason why Vietnam has managed to keep patients from death’s door is down to a three-pronged government strategy. While the mortality numbers climb into the hundreds of thousands across the world, Vietnam has managed to contain the outbreak of coronavirus through timeliness, aggressive infection control, mass mobilisation of its population and an unprecedented level of openness.
The country is expected to reopen soon by allowing the immigration office to process visas for international students. With these positive signs, FPT Education Global is pleased to open the admission of September Intake 2020 to welcome back international students.
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