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COVID-19 and Higher Education: The Path Forward After the Pandemic

United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) talks to students, educators and researchers in different parts of the world to find out how COVID-19 has affected them and how they are coping with the changes, highlighting the lessons learned and potential positive outcomes of the global lockdown for higher education.

#Work4UN Interview Series

The #Work4UN series has been designed to help you understand the UN, its structure, and some of the most common avenues available to join the organization.

COVID-19 and Higher Education: Interview with Dr. Michael Krüger

Dr. Michael Krüger is the Director of the International Education Management (INEMA) programme jointly developed by the two universities. In this interview , he shares his experience organizing online classes for students in 12 different time zones during the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 and Higher Education: Interview with Dr. Pablo de Castro

Listen to our interview with Dr. Pablo de Castro, a postdoctoral researcher specializing in nuclear physics at the University of Chile, about the impact of COVID-19 on the work of researchers.


Factory workers in Accra, Ghana producing shirts for overseas clients. Photo credit: Dominic Chavez/World Bank
UNAI Quiz: SDG 9 - Industries, Innovation and Infrastructure

Inclusive and sustainable industrialization, together with innovation and infrastructure, can unleash dynamic and competitive economic forces that generate employment and income and play a key role in introducing and promoting new technologies, facilitating international trade and enabling the efficient use of resources.


International Day of Peace Celebrated in South Sudan. UN Photo/Isaac Billy
UNAI Quiz: SDG 17 – Partnership for the Goals

The sustainable development agenda cannot succeed without partnerships with governments, civil society, scientists, academia and the private sector. These inclusive partnerships, built upon a shared vision and shared goals and values that place people at the center, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level.


Pahmung Krui Damar Forest. UN Photo/Eva Fendiaspara
UNAI Quiz: World Environment Day

We depend on our environment for the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable. For example, each year marine plants produce more than half of our atmosphere's oxygen, and a mature tree cleans our air, absorbing 22 kilos of carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen in exchange. Despite all the benefits we receive from nature, we’re not always good stewards of our environmental gifts; to care for ourselves we must care for nature. World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action.

Cultural diversity quiz: Parade of Nations during the celebration of the United Nations Staff Day. Photo credit: UN Photo/Stephenie Hollyman
UNAI QUIZ: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Cultural diversity is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life.

Outreach workers in Syria are concerned about the vulnerability of women and girls under curfew. Photo credit: UNFPA Syria Cultural diversity quiz: Parade of Nations during the celebration of the United Nations Staff Day. Photo credit: UN Photo/Stephenie
UNAI Quiz for SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated economic and social disparities around the world. Even though the pandemic has affected all segments of the population, the impact is particularly detrimental to members of the most vulnerable social groups including older persons, persons with disabilities, youth and indigenous people.


Smartphone robots on display at the ITU Telecom World Exhibition. Photo credit: ©ITU/I.Wood
UNAI QUIZ: World Creativity and Innovation Day

Creativity and innovation, at both the individual and group levels, have become the true wealth of nations in the 21st century.  World Creativity and Innovation Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in problem solving and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.


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