Home Education USA: A Dream Deferred?

USA: A Dream Deferred?

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Globally we have been facing an unprecedented time in history with the outbreak of the Corona Virus. After many lockdown iterations in India – we have entered an “Un-lock” phase which is bringing about its own set of challenges. One of the industries reeling from the impact of this global pandemic is International Education; with travel restrictions imposed, Embassies and Consulates closed; many campuses globally and in the US are now opting for online delivery of the Fall 2020 intake. This has resulted in a lot of uncertainty and doubt regarding students’ plans to study abroad. Luckily, my current organization has been pro-active in evaluating the upcoming challenges and hence advised staff to work online in order to safely service students virtually and stay focused on their applications for Fall 2020 intake and beyond.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a live tracker (currently of about 910 US institutions). According to the latest figures, about two-thirds plan to re-open in the Fall. We have witnessed a mix of optimistic and opportunistic decisions among US Universities. Where on the optimistic side, Ivies such as Harvard and Yale are yet to make a decision; some of the more conservative high-ranked universities are considering a hybrid model in order to equip future students with the best possible options.

Read the full article here in our July 2020 issue.

Dharma P. Naik has almost 20 years of professional experience in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Admissions, Non-Profits, Leadership Trainings and International Education in the US, Europe and South Asia. She currently oversees the strategy, training and growth of the US destination in South Asia for IDP Education India, Pvt Ltd. Dharma has a Master’s degree in Counselling and Personnel Services and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership Management from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. She has worked at esteemed institutions like American University, University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Pennsylvania. IDP Education is a proud co-owner of IELTS and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

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