What future for universities? Coronavirus upends higher learning

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Cambridge University’s decision to shift all its face-to-face learning online for a year in response to Covid-19 has shaken the basic assumptions about higher education to their core.


While students will still be in dormitories and small class tutorials, it raises questions about the ‘virtual’ future of tertiary education. What will online learning be like? Can institutions get away with charging the same tuition? And what of the rat race of university rankings, preparatory test programs and foreign student recruitment for cash?

From the ever-ballooning cost to whether digital transformation will turn academics into social media influencers, François Picard’s FRANCE 24 panel reflects on what's to come.


Produced by Alessandro Xenos and Petros Konstantinidis. 

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