This OpEd is part of the Issam Fares Institute opinion articles series published weekly. This article is written by Hana Addam El-Ghali, Director, Education and Youth Policy Research Program, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the economic distress, will have a long-term fallout on higher education institutions in Lebanon. The cumulative effect of the many challenges that the higher education sector in Lebanon currently faces, raises some critical questions. What does the future hold for higher education in Lebanon? Will we see more universities close? Merge? Or expand? How will universities reach their students, when access to campuses is halted forcibly? These are all questions that institutions of higher education in Lebanon have started addressing, in light of the COVID-19 crisis and economic distress impacting everyone in the country (in one way or another).
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