1st Edition

Higher Education Institutions and Covid-19 Toward Resilience and Sustainability Through Emergencies

Edited By Anna Visvizi, Krzysztof Kozłowski, Raheel Nawaz Copyright 2024
    248 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Offering insights into the adaptational strategies that were employed by higher education institutions worldwide during the Covid-19 pandemic, this volume considers the lasting effects of adaptation and change, as well as the perception of universities’ role in society and desired ways of operating.

    Nearly overnight, the pandemic forced university leaders and faculty across the world to switch to remote models, not only of teaching and learning but also of managing an entire institution. This book recognizes how the scale of challenges as well as the range of measures specific universities had to undertake was uneven, with some being better equipped than the others. Using a selection of international case studies, it offers an insight into strategies employed by institutions worldwide to navigate the crisis, and highlights the targets and objectives addressed by them during these processes. In so doing, it offers invaluable lessons for the years to come.

    An indispensable study into strategies that result in resilience and sustainability for universities, this book is essential reading for scholars of education, pedagogy, and organizational change in the higher education sector, as well as educational leaders around the world.

    1. Higher education institutions in the post-Covid era: transformation through crisis and outstanding issues Anna Visvizi, Krzysztof Kozłowski, and Raheel Nawaz  Part I: Changing Conceptions, Approaches, and Conceptualizations of HEIs and Their Mission  2. Prioritizing ‘People’ in Digital Transformation Strategies in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) Lloyd Waller, Damion Gordon, and Donavon Johnson  3. Democratic culture in pandemic times: debate as a tool for educational innovation Pablo de-Gracia-Soriano, Francisco Javier Jiménez-Loaisa, Diana Jareño-Ruiz, and María Jiménez-Delgado  4. The challenges of the new working environment in a constrained digital time Christophe Premat  5. Remote teaching, job satisfaction, and perceived autonomy in HEIs: exploiting the lessons learned in the post-Covid environment Małgorzata Stefania Lewandowska and Vanessa Kutscha  Part II: Navigating Crisis and Change in HEIs in Africa  6. Exploring the digital divide in African Higher Education Instititutions Upasana G. Singh  7. Perspectives on How COVID-19 Disrupts Continuity and Drives Changes in African Universities Philbert L. Vumilia and Ladislaus M. Semali  Part III: Navigating Crisis and Change in HEIs in Asia  8. Transitioning to new norms of teaching and learning: the case of Brunei Darussalam Khairul Hidayatullah Basir, Muhamad Alif Haji Sismat, and Siti Sara Ahmad  9. Preparing Teacher Candidates for Online Professional Practices During Covid-19 lockdown Sallimah M. Salleh, Juraidah Musa, Aliamat Omar Ali, and Marlizayati Johari  Part IV: Focus on Europe  10. A transformative framework for Faculty Development in HEIs Alessandra Romano and Domenico Santaniello  11. ICT for higher education institutions: insights from university museums’ performance management Michela Magliacani, Daniela Sorrentino, and Gennaro Maione  12. Higher education institutions and the global digital transformation: beyond the question of which skills for the 21st century Anna Visvizi, Krzysztof Kozłowski, and Raheel Nawaz


    Anna Visvizi is Head of the International Economic Policy Department (ZPME) at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland, and Research Fellow at the Institute for Hellenic Growth and Prosperity, the American College of Greece (ACG).

    Krzysztof Kozłowski is Vice Rector for Teaching and Student Affairs and Head of the Institute of International Studies at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland.

    Raheel Nawaz is Pro Vice Chancellor for Digital Transformation at Staffordshire University, United Kingdom.

    "Within this book, three scholars of great renown, each in a distinctive field of research and practice, with a direct exposure to the world and realities of HEIs, offer a wonderful insight into the variety of challenges HEIs had to respond to as a means of resisting the pandemic and its implications. Contrary to many publications addressing the Covid-19 pandemic and HEIs one can encounter on the market, the book in question provides a fresh perspective to the topic. In other words, rather than engaging primarily and exclusively with technology, technology adoption and adaptation to the new tech-environment, the book edited by Professors Visvizi, Kozlowski and Nawaz, guides the reader through the frequently unrecognized meanders of managerial and strategic choices HEIs had to face during the pandemic. As such, this book represents a very welcome addition to the existing literature on the topic."

    Antonio Botti, Professor in the Department of Management and Innovation Systems, University of Salerno, Italy.