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Title: Internationalization of higher education in Hong Kong : an investigation into the implementation of internationalization strategies for undergraduate programs in a local university
Author: Law, Jennifer Man Ching
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2012
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The term "internationalization of higher education" in Hong Kong, usually calls to mind the number or percentage of "non-local" students studying in universities and institutions. With the HKSAR Government's initiatives of turning Hong Kong into a "regional education hub" and the relaxation of "non-local" student quota of up to 20% of the annual undergraduate intake since 2007, local higher education institutions need to work even harder in formulating strategies for internationalization. Statistically, the number of "non-local" as well as exchange students has been on a rising trend year after year; however, not much research has been conducted on the key stakeholders' (students, faculty members and administrators) perspectives, attitudes, and perhaps, struggles and difficulties, when they are faced with the implementation of internationalization strategies in the day-to-day campus / classroom / working environment. This qualitative study was conducted at a local university with a focus on undergraduate programs. Undergraduate students, faculty members and administrators from the local context and outside Hong Kong were interviewed to find out how they defined "internationalization of higher education", evaluated the effectiveness of related strategies, as well as how the strategies have influenced their role in learning, teaching, and administration. By analyzing findings from interviews and reviewing relevant literature from Hong Kong, U.K., U.S. and Australia, this study investigates the implementation of internationalization strategies at a local university, with an aim to find out whether there is any "missing link" between "ideals" formulated by decision makers and "realities" faced by key stakeholders. Central themes emerging from the findings contribute to further studies in this field and serve as a reflection for decision makers in future strategies formulation and/or evaluation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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