The damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic to education and societies is deep and broad.  However institutions have adapted really quickly through necessity. Adaptations such as migrating to digital or developing virtual work placements which seemed too difficult to achieve in years were achieved in days. 

What lessons have we learnt from the pandemic response and how can we use the innovation to address other profound but slower moving challenges like the climate emergency, industrial change and demographic booms?

Key Questions:

  1. How can institutions make sure that we aren’t just changing how learning is delivered but what learning is delivered to reflect industrial and labour market changes? 
  2. What lessons can we learn from the crisis response in addressing Sustainable Development Goals?
  3. Has the crisis changed or sharpened what learners and employers want from education and how do we meet these new needs?


  • Chair: Chris Cooper, Principal Consultant, British Council, UK
  • Dr. Iris Bräuning, Coordinator Strategic Partnerships, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Emma Meredith, International Director, Association of Colleges, UK
  • Vinay Vimalan, Chief Executive Offer, Capital Placement, UK