Factors Influencing Student Well-Being During the COVID–19 Pandemic and Lessons Learnt to Take Forward: Experience from an HEI in Oman

Abstract

Introduction: The unexpected onset of COVID-19 posed unprecedented challenges to the education system worldwide. The higher education institutions (HEIs) were pushed into unfamiliar territory, and perhaps the sector affected the most is wellbeing. Previous studies have indicated that the well-being of students is lowered when they enter the university, requiring support even under normal circumstances. The situation is further exacerbated by an external stressor like COVID-19. Thus, investigating the impact of pandemic on students has become highly essential.

Aims: Our study aims to explore the impacts of the COVID-19 on the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of students. We also aim to analyse actions taken by the university to identify and recommend best practices and strategies for the HEIs to ensure student well-being in the post pandemic environment.

Methodology: For this study, an online survey was conducted among the students of the National University of Science and Technology. The survey yielded findings from 393 students across disciplines. The survey included 20 items focusing on physical, psychological and social well-being. Data collected was analyzed using SPSS.

Results and Conclusion: Our results show an inverse correlation between COVID-related stress and overall wellbeing and resilience capacity among students. The results also indicate that positive wellbeing is facilitated by resilience capacity, satisfaction with psychosocial support, academic achievement, clear university communication and access to counselling services. The findings accentuate the importance of creating supportive and meaningful spaces to reduce stress levels and enhance resilience among the students at HEIs.



Author Information
Aliza Batool, National University of Science and Technology, Oman

Paper Information
Conference: ACP2024
Stream: Psychology and Education

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