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HELM ENGAGE asks a simple if unthinkable question: What are the benefits of Covid-19? Without diminishing the terrible cost of the pandemic, there is no denying that it has changed the world and higher education in substantial ways. The second of the HELM ENGAGE series offers a nuanced perspective of the way Covid-19 has exposed the skeletal inequity that underpins our sector, but also the ways that it has addressed the chronic obstacles that have long hindered teaching, learning and research. And, as important, how Covid-19 has ushered in a disrupted space for creative practices. HELM ENGAGE #2 takes place on Tuesday, 31 August 2021 (14:00-16:00) where we will host the second of many dynamic debates.

Covid-19 and African higher education: The good, the bad and the ingenious

We will discuss the implications of Covid-19 on the higher education sector and Africa. The guest speaker will be Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim. She will be followed by Professor Linda Ronnie on the Covid Academic Research Study and the impact of Covid-19 on women in particular. Finally, Professor Teboho Moja addresses how Covid-19 has also brought us ingenuity from Africa on how to support higher education in these times, especially relating to student success.

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