As campus crumbles and students flee, Venezuela’s main university struggles to survive COVID-19

CARACAS (Reuters) – The corridors are empty and silent at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), the country’s oldest and largest institution of higher education, as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the evacuation of its 32,000 students.

Chairs are seen at the Aula Magna of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), in Caracas, Venezuela September 25, 2020. REUTERS/Fausto Torrealba

The 298-year-old university is suffering not only the impact of the coronavirus quarantine, but also a six-year economic crisis that has left it struggling with a meager budget and the emigration of 30% of its graduates.

The deterioration of its infrastructure stood out in June with the partial collapse of the roof of an outdoor walkway that is a part of the iconic architecture of the complex, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

The institution’s troubles signal that Venezuela risks losing a generation of college graduates,

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Five Ways Higher Education Can Thrive (Not Just Survive) Post-Pandemic

Tal Frankfurt is the Founder and CEO of Cloud for Good, a Salesforce partner that creates transformational value with technology.

The higher education sector finds itself at a historic crossroads. At this intersection appears two varying paths: one headed in the same direction that led to this crossroads, and the other branching off in an entirely new direction. 

Institutions nationwide are grappling with a rocky start to fall semester as a result of Covid-19’s overstayed welcome. Those fairing best are the institutions adaptable to change and ready to make mindful pivots in their technology strategy. A coronavirus vaccine likely won’t be ready any time soon, and an incoming recession will likely lead to more people headed back to school.

While higher education can sometimes be slow to evolve, the pandemic has precipitated change for institutions on a widescale. Here are five ways in which higher education can adjust to

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