A look at the Corona virus and the evolution of university education in the world: Challenges and perspectives

Document Type : Research Article


1 Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


The spread of the corona virus is one of the most important challenges in the world today, and the epidemic of this virus has affected all sections of society, including universities. As with any challenge, the coronavirus epidemic has posed many threats and opportunities for universities and the academic community. This crisis has led the scientific community to gain valuable experience in electeronic learning and be ready to enter a new era of teaching in new ways, including learning in three-dimensional spaces. Culture and art are also linked to education, and this can be the beginning of a move towards global integration in the education process. In recent months, many conferences have also been held virtually, which have been widely welcomed. Global policies have also taken measures to increase the budget for applied sciences so that, the National Science Foundation's budget is shifting from $ 8 billion a year to $ 40 billion. On the other hand, the Covid-19 epidemic has attracted the attention of researchers in various fields and it has changed the direction of world-wide research towards the basic sciences and finding solutions to treat this virus. This will pose a budget problem for some other research areas. Many universities around the world have also faced a number of problems due to the cyberspace approach, including declining enrollment of international students and lack of funding, and this has threatened the lives of some universities. Now, more than eight months after the onset of the coronavirus epidemic, universities around the world have made valuable arrangements to maintain and enhance their educational goals and to adapt more and more to this global crisis. Given the above, in this article we look at these valuable approaches globally. It is hoped that by taking advantage of scientific participation and transferring useful experiences at the global level, we can turn this threat into an opportunity to improve and enhance the level of science and awareness in the country.


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