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Stanford's president on the “new normal” for higher education after COVID

Certain adjustments that universities across the country made because of the pandemic may very well be here to stay. A vast expansion of the use of telehealth, says Stanford University president Marc Tessier-Lavine, may be one of those things. And even once students can come back to campus, certain remote learning programs may be here to stay. That said, there's no replacing the in-person experience, Tessier-Lavigne stresses.

Studying in a pandemic: The plight of international students in Australia

Travel restrictions. Loss of work, and the move to online classes have impacted students across the globe. But international students face an added obstacle as well as an impending decision: Stay in their adopted country and grit it out or return home, potentially forfeiting all they've worked for. In Australia, where more than half-a-million international students fill both campus housing and university coffers, the decision affects both institutions and students alike.

Watch this episode of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer: Stanford's president: College in the COVID age

Why Stanford disinvited their undergraduates back to campus

"Yeah, that was a very difficult decision. Very disappointing. Our students wanted to come back. Our faculty wanted to come back," Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne told Ian Bremmer. After first announcing in June that Stanford would welcome all students back to campus in the fall, Tessier-Lavigne reversed course in August, determining that California's COVID outbreak made a large-scale student return untenable. But, Tessier-Lavigne points out, not all students will be barred from returning this fall.

Podcast: Stanford's president: college in the COVID age


On the GZERO World podcast, Stanford University president Marc Tessier-Lavigne joins Ian Bremmer to talk about how higher education is trying (and in many cases failing) to adjust to the pandemic this fall. Tessier-Lavigne made news in August by reversing a June decision to welcome undergraduates back to campus, determining that California's summer COVID outbreak made it untenable to bring most students back. How Tessier-Lavigne came to that decision, how Stanford intends to enforce COVID restrictions once all students do return, and what the future of higher education will look like in a post-pandemic world – all in this discussion .

Stanford's president: College in the COVID age

On GZERO World, Stanford University president Marc Tessier-Lavigne joins Ian Bremmer to talk about how higher education is trying (and in many cases failing) to adjust to the pandemic this fall. Tessier-Lavigne made news in August by reversing a June decision to welcome undergraduates back to campus, determining that California's summer COVID outbreak made it untenable to bring most students back. How Tessier-Lavigne came to that decision, how Stanford intends to enforce COVID restrictions once all students do return, and what the future of higher education will look like in a post-pandemic world.- all in this discussion.

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