Flipping the script: Facilitating Gen Z student success and post-pandemic recovery in international education

The COVID-19 catastrophe has led every sector in every corner of the globe to rethink its modus operandi.  In the context of international education, that means considering more carefully the changing expectations and motivations of the rising generation of international students, using them as guiding principles around which to imagine new modes of recruitment and teaching.

This August, INTO carried out a survey of Gen Z students around the world who are interested in or currently studying abroad. We did so with one question in mind: how will rising international students’ collective experience of the pandemic drive new paradigms of learning and working?  What we found is a generation of students who are singularly resilient, adaptable and set on forging a brighter future for themselves.  More than half of them are actively considering a new career path in the wake of COVID-19, and most link an international degree to clear-cut objectives that will help them pivot to career success.  In order to facilitate that success – and post-pandemic recovery – the international education sector must respond to Gen Z’s evolving demands, implementing innovative programmes and delivering concrete outcomes.

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