New and improved dashboard

On 6 July 2020 we added more data to the COVID-19 Dashboard:

  • More destination countries, extending it from 10 to 25 countries;
  • Additional data on student interest for 15 disciplines.
  • Overview of actions taken by governments to combat the outbreak, such as closing down of schools, international travel restrictions, etc.

The dashboard is available on a paid subscription basis for either 6 or 12 months and at BASIC and PREMIUM options.

Consequently, from 6 July 2020 we stopped the weekly update of the current dashboard. However, it will remain available on this page for reference, free of charge.

The impact of COVID-19 on international student interest

Studyportals ACT knows the struggles of higher education. This is why we decided to develop and give you free access to this dashboard. If you have any feedback or suggestions on how we could improve the dashboard, what additional insights we should add and more, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Dashboard

This dashboard is a live project, which means our resources online are improving as we are learning more about the new context: data updates and data analyses will progress on a weekly basis. For more information please visit the FAQ page.

Scroll down for instructions and resources.

What is in the dashboard

The dashboard walks you through the effects of COVID-19 on international student interest. Each of the six charts shows a different picture:

  1. Changes in website traffic to study programmes vs. outbreak death toll
  2. Student interest for programmes offered on-campus and online
  3. Student interest to different levels of education
  4. The effect of the virus on each country
  5. The changes in student interest from your key focus countries

What is behind the data

The dashboard is based on student search behaviour on Studyportals’ websites as well as Johns Hopkins University Center’s for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) data available on Tableau’s digital resources. 36 million unique users each year compare study programmes on Studyportals’ platforms: all the study programmes are in a single place divided by level so that it is possible to gauge the shift in interest among study destinations. The study programmes are listed by their provider and method of education: for instance an Indian student looking at a programme offered online by a British university will count as a page view from India to the UK for a programme being offered online.

What can I do with these insights?

The charts in the dashboard are interactive: you can hover over each point to discover additional information; click on it to highlight the data; and apply filters. Filters are available on the right and have effect on all charts on the visualisation. To help you further, you can download the charts, or share the dashboard (clicking on the buttons on the bottom right of the dashboard).

What does the global picture look like?

International student mobility is experiencing uncertain times. Prospective students are showing less interest in exploring study abroad options and are less focused on planning their studies. This is shown by a general decline in interest (page views) compared to 2019. However, the demand for education is still large and there are already signs of a rebound as students start to adjust to the new context. In certain countries the interest for online delivered programmes is on the rise, and not all levels of education are equally affected: the decrease of interest for postgraduate offers is less pronounced than for undergraduate offers.

What can be done next

We suggest you keep yourself up to date on the latest developments and data, and come back on a weekly basis to check changes in the live student interest. Understanding your students, current and prospective, is key in coordinating a response to this crisis: you can start with our intelligence resources and our COVID-19 resources.

Market insights are needed to prime higher education for a strong recovery after the crisis and your feedback is valuable to improve the sector’s response. If you want to take part in the conversation, raise discussion points within the industry, or ask for further analysis, feel free to join the discussion at the bottom of this page or contacting us by clicking on the button below.

COVID-19 Dashboard for Higher Education

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