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COVID-19 and the Future of Education

The COVID-19 pandemic brought a significant impact on how educational activities are conducted. The closure of schools in most countries in the world affected most students and, in particular, those most vulnerable. This situation has been pushing schools, universities, and educational systems more generally to embrace digitalization and to re-think its educational practices. Given the broader transformation of higher education due to technology and evolving characteristics of job markets, this project aims to uncover multiple perspectives on the future of higher education in various countries around the world.

This project is going to present a series of analysis on trends in higher education, aiming to provide a thorough understanding of the way the COVID-19 crisis affects the future of this sector.

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Alexandra Peca M.A.

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Cosmin Iliescu M.A.

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Laura Vișan, Ph.D.

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Oana Lup, Ph.D.

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Silvia Fierăscu, Ph.D.

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Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

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Teodora Capotă, Ph.D.

Alexandra Peca M.A.

Alexandra Peca is pursuing her masters in Diplomatic Techniques at the Faculty of History, University of Bucharest University. Alexandra is also the Erasmus+ projects coordinator for GEYC Bucharest and was engaged in several international programs, that defined her personal and professional development path. Alexandra graduated from the Faculty of History of Bucharest University, specializing in international relations and European studies. Alexandra has a passion for history since junior high and believes strongly that the voce of youth can drive the change that is needed in society.

Cosmin Iliescu M.A.

Iliescu Cosmin-Alexandru has a strong interest in bridging the gap between STEM and the Humanities, building a better and more complex perspective about the world, economically and politically. His fields of interests range from literature and philosophy to making STEM more accessible through ‘popular science.’ He is using journalism as his main tool to tackle the divers topics in which he is interested and to connect people with topics outside their professional background. Regarding himself as an ‘enthusiastic Jack of all trades,’ he is a volunteer an participant at courses and events of FRI and member of YRC. He is in the final year of his bachelor's degree in Automotive Engineering at Transylvania University of Brașov, Romania. Currently working on his senior thesis “The electric future of the European Automotive Industry,” where he wants to offer a more accessible view for the Romanian public about European Union’s (EU) & European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA)'s future plans regarding the automotive sector, taking into account how the industrial, policy, and R&D sectors advance in the current environmental context. Together with a small team of students and teachers, using a validated model from University of Ghent (Belgium), he managed to create and organize Tomorrow Hub, a co-working hub at the R&D Institute of Transylvania University. The Hub has the purpose to create a common ground through entrepreneurship mindset, for start-up related events and projects, regardless of their thematic background. Having the role of Community Builder, he managed PR campaigns through events that took place in important economic centers of Romania (Bucharest, Iasi, Brasov) and in Belgium (Bruxelles), with the purpose of creating sustainable partnerships. He has a big interest in social entrepreneurship, considering it a very important and accessible tool for bootstrapping economic growth in underdeveloped and shrinking communities. Fellow of ‘Journalist for good deeds’ scholarship offered by Țara Făgărașului Community Foundation, he realized articles with the purpose of promoting organizations, projects and people with a high positive impact in the community of Țara Făgărașului.  

Laura Vișan, Ph.D.

Laura Visan is an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Arts, Culture and Media (ACM) at the University of Toronto Scarborough and has a Ph.D. in communication from York University and Ryerson University in Toronto. She researched the process of social capital formation through civic participation and networking in the case of Romanian immigrants from Toronto. Ha­ving grown up in Romania, Laura has also written about the popular culture artefacts of the Nicolae Ceauşescu era, with a focus on the 1970s and 1980s. She has taught at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and at York University in Toronto.
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“Recuperate, Recycle, Reuse: Adaptive Solutions for the Socialist Architecture of Bucharest”. In Lisa B. W. Drummond and Douglas Young (Eds.), Socialist and Post-Socialist Urbanisms. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2020; pp. 168-184 “Political Engagement through Civic Transnationalism: Romanian Diasporas and the 2014 Presidential Elections”, in Reading Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, Third Edition. Oxford University Press, 2017 “Reading Cutezatorii and Watching Jackie Chan – Romanian Children and the Communist Propaganda (1970s and 1980s). Medialni Studia (Media Studies), Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University Prague, II 2013, Pp. 212-228.  Available online at: http://medialnistudia.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/6_laura-visan.pdf “(Dis)Connected: Romanian Canadians in Cyberspace”. Romanian Journal of Communication, Romanian Journal of Communication and Public Relations. Pp. 113-127. Vol. 15 No. 1 (29). April 2013. ISSN 1454-8100. Available online at: http://journalofcommunication.ro/29/visan_29.pdf “Creating Social Capital Resources: A Case Study of Romanian Immigrants in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area”. Working Papers series no. 93 / 2012, CERIS, the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement; available online at: http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/WP93_Visan.pdf Romanian Immigrants Go to Church” – Illumine – The Journal of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria, 2012; vol 11, no. 1. Available online at: http://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/Illumine/issue/view/763/showTocPartially Color– Rethinking Exterior and Interior Spaces in Communist Romania” – Anthropology of Eastern Europe Review, Vol. 29, No 2 / Fall 2011,  51-66; available online at: http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/aeer/ “Houses that Cry: Online Civic Participation in Post-Communist Romania” – McMaster Journal of Communication, Vol. 7, Issue 1, 2011; available online at: http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/mjc/vol7/iss1/3/

Oana Lup, Ph.D.

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Silvia Fierăscu, Ph.D.

Dr. Silvia Fierăscu has a PhD in Comparative Politics and Network Science from Central European University. Her research focuses primarily on quality of governance, political-business relations, and statistical analyses of network data. Silvia is involved in various interdisciplinary projects, translating complex problems into real-time applications for organizational management, political communication, and better governance.

Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

Dr. Ștefan Cibian is a member of the Board and the executive director of the Făgăraș Research Institute. Stefan is an Academy Associate with Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs, he is also teaching courses related to international development at Babeș-Bolyai University and manages Cibian Consulting S.R.L. In what concerns teaching and research, Stefan is focused on development and statehood in Sub-Saharan Africa, development policy, development assistance, international organizations, migration, and human rights. Stefan’s core interest in research is focused on international development, community development, Africa-EU relations, development policy, international relations theory, peacebuilding and fragile states, the link between research, policy, and practice, higher education policy and global affairs, including the EU. In terms of geographic focus, Stefan is primarily concerned with Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union, and transatlantic relations. In his consulting and civil society work, Stefan is focusing on civil society development in CEE, contributing to the development of civil society organizations. Stefan is the President of FOND, the Romanian NGDO Platform, the Treasurer of CONCORD – the European NGO Confederation for Humanitarian Aid and Development. He is also a board member for the following organizations: ARCADIA – The Romanian Association for International Cooperation and Development, Țara Făgărașului Community Foundation (FCTF), UiPath Foundation, and the Foundation for Youth Involvement (FIT). Stefan received his Ph.D. degree in political science and international relations (2012) as well as his M.A. in public policy (2006) from CEU – the Central European University. He also holds a BA in political science (2004, from Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and in law (2005, 1st of December 2019 University, Alba Iulia, Romania).
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Teodora Capotă, Ph.D.

Departments: Research Department, Policy and Outreach Department, Society, Crisis and Resilience Program, Young Researchers Club

Regions: Global

Topics: Education

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