Recent events demonstrate how global change can catapult a country’s higher education system into chaos, leaving it to operate under the exceptional hardship of a national or borderless emergency. Whether this is a result of armed conflict, a natural disaster, or a health emergency such as Ebola, the result invariably leaves HE institutions isolated, with diminished capacity to regenerate due to broken or fragmented international links. Geopolitical fracture or democratic challenges can breed cases of violence, coercion, intimidation and threats toward HE institutions worldwide, leaving an estimated 30 counties worldwide facing such challenges.
How can the international HE community make a rapid and effective response to help maintain academic and research relationships in countries where it is too dangerous or impractical to visit? What approaches work in such scenarios, where it is vital for international contacts to be nurtured?
Drawing on experiences from various locations, the session explores what a rapid response mechanism for HE in Emergency might look like.