The nominating institution Chinese University of Hong Kong on the breakthrough:

International student exchange is key to nurture future global citizens. Recent travel restrictions due to COVID-19 have stopped such activities worldwide. Taking advantage of recent, accelerated use of digital technology in higher education, the APRU Virtual Student Exchange (VSE) program provides students from members of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities an innovative platform to acquire knowledge, prepare for global leadership, engage in cultural exchange, and form global networks. The VSE is a comprehensive program consisting of academic courses, a multi-dimensional cultural immersion program, and opportunities to form communities. We aim to reproduce digitally an experience that is just as, if not even more dynamic, integrated, and interactive than actual physical exchange.

Tags: Covid-19, Education, Global Cooperation, Global partnership, International Education, Student Exchange, Virtual