The authors assess the impact of the pandemic on international education, particularly with respect to its role as a projection of 'soft power'. "As more students now accept online learning, there is an opportunity to build hybrid models that can reduce costs and provide more flexibility," the write. However, institutions can't depend on students traveling for education. Hence, they "need to take a much more proactive approach to establishing their presence in other countries and strengthening national and international partnerships. Branch campuses, twinning arrangements and hybrid provision could be some of the ways forward for international education." Image: ICEF.