Firstly, the pandemic brought fundamental change and challenges not just for internationalisation but higher education more broadly. Our ability to rapidly innovate and embrace digitalisation was a crucial part of that transformation that enabled teaching to continue online and the show to go on.
Importantly, we also learned how technology can enhance our working environments and became skilled in new teaching and learning methods to create rich learning environments and engage in international research collaborations.
This transformation will continue to impact – and enrich – international mobility, professional development, international recruitment efforts, teaching and learning, and our global impact. We know that whatever “unknown unknowns” come in the next phase of the pandemic, we can be highly flexible and agile to meet the challenge.
Secondly, the pandemic accelerated our thinking around the net-zero global agenda. Business Schools have an essential role to play in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: for example, with the need to limit air travel, we are investigating models of virtual mobility and building broader and deeper strategic partnerships.
These have the benefit of contributing to climate and sustainability goals and also strengthening the international and inter-cultural skills of students and staff.
More broadly, there has been a rapid transformation in the business world of global collaboration and the practice of communication has fundamentally shifted to virtual engagement. Business schools must continue to reflect these changes in how we teach and train our students to have the necessary resilience and range of talents to be successful.