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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted higher education in manifold and complex ways, not least in the area of international education. Programs built around the physical mobility of students, faculty, and staff were profoundly disrupted beginning in early 2020, necessitating the repatriation of students abroad, cancellation of future travel plans, and rapid development of new options and modalities for global learning. Recognizing this changing landscape, in late 2020 we issued a call for a special issue of JIEE focused on “contemporary trends in international engineering education, including in response to the COVID pandemic, rapid changes in political and economic dynamics, and other disruptions.” We received a strong response to our call, and have worked closely with numerous authors to develop manuscripts on a variety of related topics. This editorial introduces the first of two planned special issues exploring pandemic-related change and innovation in the field of global engineering education.

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