Life Amid Pandemic: How The Coronavirus Is Affecting University Students

The global spread of COVID-19 has greatly affected almost all walks of life, forcing humans to shift to the so-called “new normal.”

One of the sectors that received a heavy blow from the coronavirus outbreak and still sowed major confusion is the higher education.


According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the COVID-19 problem has prompted school cancellations in around 200 nations. This includes the Philippines, affecting the learning process for over 1.7 billion children.



Rapid spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, creating uncertainty regarding the implications for higher education.


Over the past weeks, education officials have been forced to cancel classes and close the doors to campuses worldwide in response to the growing coronavirus outbreak. In addition, US institutions have switched classes to online learning and canceled spring break trips. Also, Students studying abroad in China, Italy, and South Korea have been encouraged to return home to complete their studies.

While class closures, dips in enrollment, 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.


One huge area that COVID-19 is impacting and sowing major confusion is in higher education. Colleges and universities have been thrown into very uncertain waters as they are forced to convert to online-only courses. Struggling with a myriad of other issues, especially in finances, we consulted experts in the field of higher education. We asked college professors, administrators, counselors, and consultants for their views on how COVID-19 is impacting colleges and universities. Read on to find out what the effects of COVID-19 have been like for colleges and universities and what the future holds for higher education in the wake of this crisis.



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