A Phase-Wise Approach to Build Resilience in the Higher Education Sector: A Small Island State Perspective

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2022-09
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Durbarryr, Anjusha
Mohee, Romeela
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF10 Sub-theme: Building Resilience // COVID 19 lockdown disrupted the Higher Education sector across the globe. As the apex regulator for the sector in Mauritius, the Higher Education Commission assessed the state of higher education during the lockdown period including student experience. Participants from both public and private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), shared insights on the challenges emerging from the pandemic, measures undertaken in response thereto and the new approaches to be adopted to make higher education more resilient in future similar circumstances. A phased reform process was proposed with the aim to create a resilient higher education system capable of withstanding any future disruptions. A study conducted in October 2021 to map the phased reform process revealed that Higher Education Institutions have a contingency plan to face any renewed outbreaks, consolidated their new teaching and learning approaches and improved their student support services. The data revealed 45% of institutions had upgraded their infrastructure and logistics to be able to deliver online/blended modes of teaching and learning. This study provides a unique insight into building resilience in the Higher Education sector in small island states and the framework may be transferable to other contexts. // Paper ID 3788
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Resilience, Higher Education Cpommission, Small Island State
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Mauritius
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Africa
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