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Webinar Series: The Impact of COVID-19 on International Education in 2020 and the Road to Recovery

June 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

Cost: Free

As we look toward the horizon and an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, the international education sector now turns its attention to the road to recovery.  In this two-part webinar, Navitas will unpack data collected and analyzed from its partners worldwide and articulate three recovery scenarios that map out the trajectory for global student flows over the next 5 to 10 years. These scenarios include: 

  1. Recovery and rapid rebound
  2. Shifting up international HE 
  3. Slow and suppressed recovery 

May 11 – 1:00pm-2:30pm (EDT) 

Part I: The impact of COVID-19 on international education in 2020 and the road to recovery

Session Overview

The research presented spans all major destination countries. It will provide deep insights into the global international student market and draw on many sources from publicly available data to intelligence from Navitas’ offshore network and primary research with their agents.

In this webinar, Jon Chew, Head, Strategic Insights and Analytics, will introduce the conceptual framework used to gather data from pre-, mid-and post-COVID student cohorts and then surface patterns of international student behaviour. He will then take a deep dive into what has actually come to pass in 2020 in terms of key indicators for the major destinations of Australia, the UK, Canada and to a lesser extent the US. There will be a particular focus on the visa processing challenges that have held Canada back in recent times.

This webinar will overlay insights from a Navitas agent survey conducted in September 2020 and March 2021 along with first-hand feedback from agents and an offshore network to give richness and context to the narrative coming through in the data. To conclude, the webinar will cast forward to make predictions on what 2021 might hold, including five reasons to be optimistic from a macro global standpoint.

June 29 – 1:00pm-2:30pm (EDT) 

Part II: Dynamics of the road to recovery in 2021 and beyond

Session Overview

Building on the foundations set in Part 1, the second part in this series will provide updates on further developments in 2021, including the likely shape of the recovery in international student flows for major destination countries. As part of that recovery narrative, Part 2 will focus especially on the dynamics of pent-up demand, region-specific feedback from education agents, students’ responses to online learning, and the ongoing resurgence of the USA.


Jonathan Chew

Head, Strategic Insights and Analytics  

Jon Chew is one of world’s leading market analysts in international education. He was previously a Principal at Australian management consulting firm the Nous Group, and is now Head, Strategic Insights and Analytics at Navitas.  Jon brings in-depth expertise, access to a wide range of external and in-house datasets, an up-to-the-minute industry perspective, developed collaboratively with a global network of stakeholders, policymakers and experts.

Darcy Rollins

Chief Operating Officer, Navitas Canada

Darcy became Chief Operating Officer for Navitas in Canada in 2019, assuming responsibilities for effective operations of Navitas’ existing colleges in Canada and for seeking new partnerships with high-potential universities across the country.  In June 2020, Darcy was elected President of the Manitoba Council for International Education (MCIE) and continues to advocate for the growth, advancement, and awareness of the international education sector in Manitoba and with colleagues and partner organizations across Canada.


June 29
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT


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