About the challenges and effects of the pandemic on education

On Friday, February 26, 2021, the Regional Center Scholas Occurrentes SNSPA, through the international program University of Meaning and in collaboration with the international network of Scholas Chairs, organized the webinar “Education and Development in (post) pandemic Times”.

The impact of the pandemic is deeply felt by education systems. The need for rapid digitization, the challenges of developing a new curriculum adapted to online teaching, the negative psychosocial impact felt by young people, generated by isolation, anxiety, insecurity, but especially increasing the dropout rate due to lack of access to online learning, are some among the realities facing the global education system.

The event organized by the Regional Center Scholas Occurrentes SNSPA brought together experts, rectors, diplomats, representatives of the European Union institutions, who provided answers to questions such as: «What is the role of solidarity in trying to overcome the crisis in a way that does not deepen already existing structural inequalities? ”,“ What will the new normality of education look like and how can it be shaped? ”,“ How are priorities for education and development balanced in times of crisis? ”.

The special guests of the webinar were:

José María del Corral, Global Director of Scholas Occurrentes and co-founder of the Scholas global network
Daniel Stigliano, Global Director of Scholas Chairs
Prof. univ. dr. Remus Pricopie, Rector of SNSPA
Prof. univ. dr. Iordan Gheorghe Bărbulescu, President of the SNSPA Senate and coordinator of the Regional Center Scholas Occurrentes SNSPA
Lect. univ. Dr. Victor Negrescu, Vice-President of the Committee on Education and Culture of the European Parliament
Prof. univ. Dr. Hugo Juri, Rector of the University of Sense
Lect. univ. dr. Ioana Melenciuc-Ioan, Dean of the Department of International Relations and European Integration (SNSPA)
Prof. univ. dr. Ioan Mircea Paşcu, Former Vice President of the European Parliament, Former Minister of Defense, Department of International Relations and European Integration (SNSPA)
Prof. univ. Dr. Francisco Aldecoa, President of the Spanish Federal Council of the European Movement
Prof. univ. Dr. Juan Fernando Galvan Reula, Honorary President of the Permanent Academic Forum Latin America and the Caribbean – European Union (FAP LAC-EU), former rector of the University of Alcala
Lect. univ. dr. Antonia Colibășanu, Geopolitical Futures’ Chief Operating Officer, Department of International Relations and European Integration (SNSPA)
Lect. univ. dr. Alice Iancu, Hyperion University, Bucharest
Lect. univ. dr. Ioana Dodi, Department of International Relations and European Integration (SNSPA)

About Scholas Occurrentes in Romania

In February 2019, during the institutional visit of José María del Corral (Global Director of Scholas Occurrentes) to the National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA), the Agreement between Scholas Occurrentes and SNSPA was signed.

The opening of the Scholas Occurrentes Regional Center took place on March 21, 2019. One of the first programs implemented was the SNSPA Scholas Chair, which operates within the Scholas International Chairs, an educational network that brings together 100 universities and 35 observers.

On 11 September 2020, SNSPA was invited to collaborate in the new international program, University of Meaning / Universidad del Sentido, initiated by Pope Francis and coordinated by representatives of Scholas Occurrentes.

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