Primarily, one should be reminded of the difference between a labor shortage and a skills gap crisis. The two vastly differ from each other but are sometimes treated as one and the same. The former accounts for when there are not enough workers for job demands. The latter accounts for when, while there may be a lack or surplus of available workers, they might not have the skills needed by the employer.
In the United States, the number of international students plummeted from its 2019 highs of 1,095,299 to lows of 914,095 in 2020. The last time these numbers were visited and subsequently broken the year after was in 2013 when there were a reported 886,052 international students in the U.S.
In the recently published 2022 Cyber Security Breaches Survey, an alarming 92 percent of higher education institutions reported breaches or attacks in the past 12 months. This isn’t an isolated case. Even in 2020, the education sector experienced a total of 819 data breaches, according to Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report. Of this number, 228 have confirmed disclosure of private data.
The Parliament of the United Kingdom (UK) published a document in 2021 that gathered numerous points from different sources on the current financial state of universities in Scotland. Dubbed “Finances of Scottish universities,” the document enumerated important facts and figures that illustrate how universities in Scotland operate financially and how the pandemic has affected their income.
New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said that it was “time to shift gears” in its response to “focus on reconnection and recovery.” Hipkins stated that one main reason for this was that, as of February 2022, 94% of New Zealand’s population had been fully vaccinated.
The biggest worry after the Russia-Ukraine war triggered was of the International Students in Ukraine, who were the most worried lot, as far as evacuation from the war bound zone was concerned.
Compared to enrollment numbers from 2021 (+1,620), the number of Nigerian students increased 47 percent this year (+2,380). / PEXELS.
Getting a college degree is no small feat. It can be an individual’s pathway to landing a high-paying and secure job. Faced with tough competition in the job market and strict admission requirements in universities, however, some applicants turn to fraudulent behavior just to make the cut.
The Canadian workforce, presumably along with millions of others all over the world, underwent a collective rattling in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some industry experts have dubbed it “The Great Resignation,” a term inspired by the economic events that started in the United States in the late 1920s leading to the 1930s.