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Higher Education's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Building a More Sustainable and Democratic Future (Council of Europe Higher Education Series; No. 25)
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Strasbourg | 2021 | 325 p.
ISBN 978-92-871-8697-3
Sjur Bergan; Tony Gallagher; Ira Harkavy; Ronaldo Munck; Hilligje van’t Land
Corporate author: 
Council of Europe
Asia and the Pacific
Europe and North America
Latin America and the Caribbean
© Council of Europe, 2021

Public health was the immediate concern when the Covid-19 pandemic struck in Asia, then in Europe and other parts of the world. The response of our education systems is no less vital. Higher education has played a major role in responding to the pandemic and it must help shape a better, more equitable and just post-Covid-19 world. This book explores the various responses of higher education to the pandemic across Europe and North America, with contributions also from Africa, Asia and South America.

The book describes the various ways in which higher education is facing the Covid-19 pandemic. It is designed to help universities, specifically their staff and students as well as their partners, contribute to a more sustainable and democratic future.


Resource Type: 
Case studies and research papers
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Social justice / Equity
Sustainable development / Sustainability / Environmental
Level of education: 
Higher education


Democratic citizenship; Civic engagement; Quality education; Sustainable university; COVID-19; Pandemic