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Charting the impact of COVID-19 on education

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The UK NARIC research team continues to track announcements on school closures and exam arrangements worldwide, and to publish these as announcements are made on the UK NARIC blog.

At the time of writing this news story - 9 December - the latest figures from UNESCO indicated that 29 countries have closed schools and universities at a national level. At the peak in April, 193 countries were affected by closures.

The most recent updates have come from Europe where a large number of countries, including Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland and Romania, have closed their schools.

It has also been announced that exams for both the Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers have been cancelled for 2021.

In addition to the updates above, we have published a special report: The Effects of Covid-19 on International Secondary Assessment [PDF]. The report looks at postponements and cancellations in selected key countries in more detail.

For more details country-by-country, and for the latest up-to-date information, visit our blog page Charting the impact of COVID-19.

We are gathering more information on each country and exam boards on an ongoing basis and will continue to do so in 2021. So, check our blog regularly, or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to be notified when we post new updates.

If you have any queries or would like to contribute information about a country, please contact us at

10/12/2020 14:48:00
Season's greetings and holiday deadlines

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Season's greetings to all our members, colleagues, and readers.

End of year service deadlines: Monday 21 December is the closing date for 48-hour member enquiries which we guarantee will be completed by Christmas. Any 48-hour member enquiries submitted after this point may not be answered until 2021.

In terms of individual services, the deadlines for completion in 2020 of Fast Track applications are: Monday 21 December for 48-hour Fast Track; and Tuesday 22 December for the 24-hour Fast Track service.

The phone lines and live chat for individuals and members will be closing at 5pm on Tuesday 22 December for the Christmas/New Year break.

For members, account managers can be contacted by email until Thursday 24 December, when the UK NARIC offices close for the holiday period.

The UK NARIC offices re-open on Monday 4 January 2021.

Best wishes for 2021, from UK NARIC.

10/12/2020 14:47:00
Our GlobalEd Forum event in Nov/Dec: 1000 delegates from 59 countries

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Our online UK NARIC GlobalEd Forum, featuring global perspectives on current issues and which ran from 30 November to 10 December, attracted more than 1000 delegates from 59 countries, at the final count. There were more than 60 speakers and session chairs, from 12 countries, sharing their knowledge and expertise across the sessions.

Live discussion panels, running across time zones, were presented from the UK, Australia, China, and India. Delegate feedback has been very good, and hundreds of online messages were sent and received as delegates posed questions to the panels and took part in the virtual discussion.

If you registered for the GlobalEdForum, then you can still view recordings of the live sessions, and the pre-recorded 'Bites', on the Whova platform and app.

We are grateful to our principal sponsors: the GlobalEd Forum was presented in association with Cambridge Assessment English and Europass.

The GlobalEd Forum was also supported by: Dialexy, ETS TOEFL, Fragomen, International Baccalaureate, LanguageCert, Oxford University Press, Sinorbis, Skills for English, and Trinity College. We thank them for working with us on this event.

We are grateful to the many expert contributors from around the world who took part, including: Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities; Kayode Odedina, Deputy Director, National Universities Commission, Nigeria; Nadia Tahir, Managing Director, QAA, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan; Matt Durnin of British Council China; Caryn Nery, Director, TNE Partnerships, Victoria University, Australia; Jude King of University of Liverpool; Shalini Bharat, Vice-Chancellor/Director of Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India; Sohail Bajammal, Executive Director, National Centre for Academic Accreditation and Evaluation, Saudi Arabia; David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International Development), Coventry University; Lee Bartlett of University of Wales Trinity Saint David; Helen Vella Bonavita, Edith Cowan University, Australia; Kamlesh Misra, Vice-Chancellor, Rishihood University, India; and Libing Wang, Chief, Section for Education Innovation & Skills Development, UNESCO, Bangkok, Thailand.

The pre-recorded 'Bites' - pre-recorded 15-minute video briefings and mini-training sessions - are still available for viewing by those who registered for the Forum, and cover a wide range of subjects, such as digital credentials; confirming GCSE English and Maths from other school awards; hints on detecting and combating fraud; India Standard XII and state boards; qualification verification; finding your way around the UK NARIC databases; and refugee skills evaluation.

This was the first time UK NARIC has organised a large-scale online event running over multiple days. The GlobalEd Forum is a mark of the extent and importance of UK NARIC's global community in education and skills.

2021 will see us run more online events, discussions, and training and development, to further strengthen our global community. Look out for updates in future editions of this newsletter and on our social media channels.

10/12/2020 14:42:00
Update of our report on international distance learning now published

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UK NARIC has published an updated version of its special report Guide to Recognition Issues in International Distance Learning [PDF] which highlights recognition challenges in international distance learning and is designed to be an essential resource for those in the international education sector.

The new report provides information on distance learning education in countries including China, India, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates and looks to support the continuation of quality assured distance education; particularly given its prevalence during the COVID-19 crisis.

The publication provides concise information and also greater detail, including government policy information and recognition procedures for each country. There are links to sources of further information for users who wish to explore in more depth.

10/12/2020 14:36:00
UK NARIC's Dr Fabrizio Trifiro is keynote speaker at Westminster TNE event

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UK NARIC’s Head of Quality Benchmark Services Dr Fabrizio Trifiro is a keynote speaker at an upcoming Westminster Forum online conference on 15 January - Next steps for UK transnational education - quality and trust, branch campuses and remote learning, and growing the UK profile and position in global markets.

The theme of the conference will be the priorities and next steps for UK transnational education and examining how it is perceived across the world.

This will include examination of how good quality TNE programmes can be offered by institutions in a flexible and cost-effective way, as well as looking at how UK TNE has been affected by the shift to online learning as a result of COVID-19.

There will also be discussions on the best way to protect TNE programmes from potential cybersecurity threats.

Full details and information on how to book your place at the conference can be found on the Westminster Higher Education Forum website.

26/11/2020 15:47:00