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(Online) Wednesday Research Seminar - Sustaining Education through COVID-19 Pandemic - Learning from the Past Crisis

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START DATE 15 April 2020


END DATE 15 April 2020

We are pleased to invite you to our Wednesday Research Seminar. It will be held online on 15 April from 4pm via GoToMeeting platform.

Wednesday Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 275 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. Sreejith will deliver seminar on:

“Sustaining Education through COVID-19 Pandemic - Learning from the Past Crisis”

Sreejith Balasubramanian


The unprecedented spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in worldwide closure of educational institutions, impacting over 1.5 billion learners (91% of the world's student population) and 63 million educators across 188 countries. While efforts have been taken to mitigate the immediate impact of closures, it is crucial that educational institutions regularly review the changing situation, enhance their preparedness, and develop long term strategies. The lessons from past epidemics/pandemics such as the Spanish Flu pandemic (1918-19), the SARS outbreak (2002-04), the Swine Flu (H1N1) pandemic (2009-10), and Ebola epidemic (2013-16) and other crisis such as natural disasters and warfare can significantly enhance our understanding and help manage the current crisis. This study will examine how educational institutions' in the past have responded to crisis and what we can learn from it to address the current COVID-19 crisis and enhance our preparedness for the future. A secondary research methodology was adopted in this study, which involved the review of scholarly articles, government reports, University websites and blogs, and other reliable sources.  The secondary findings (educational institutions response to crisis) were categorized into five stages namely i) Implementing safety measures (initial response); ii) Campus closures; iii) Ensuring business continuity which include implementing distance learning, revising assessments, and reassessing grading and moderation; iv) Campus reopening, and v) Prepare for future crisis. The lessons learned from this study are expected to be useful for practitioners and policymakers in the education sector in devising effective strategies at different stages, identify and support the key success factors, and overcome challenges during the crisis.


Sreejith Balasubramanian is a Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management, and Chair of the Research Committee at Middlesex University, Dubai. Sreejith completed his PhD from Middlesex University Business School, London. He also holds a Master’s degree in International Business from University of Wollongong and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Calicut. In addition, Sreejith also holds a Certificate in Statistics from University of California, Berkeley, and Supply Chain Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has more than 12 years of experience in teaching, consulting, research, and project management. Prior to joining academia, he served as a Research Analyst and IT Consultant for leading companies in the United Arab Emirates. His work has been published in leading international journals and conferences in areas of Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Tourism, Higher Education, and Knowledge Management. Sreejith is a also a member of American Statistical Association (ASA), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Academy of International Business (AIB), and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Looking forward to seeing you at the seminar!

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