CGHE Seminar 89

The academic adaptation of western students studying in Chinese universities

  • Thursday, 06 Sep 2018 12:30 - 14:00
  • Clarke Hall, UCL Institute of Education
  • Shuiyun Liu, Beijing Normal University, China

Chinese universities and colleges have become active participants in the process of internationalisation. More and more Chinese students go abroad and an increasing number of foreign students come to China to study.

Many researchers have examined the experience of Chinese students in western countries, but the experience of western students in China has not been fully discussed.

This seminar focuses on the academic adaptation of western students in Chinese universities. In-depth interviews were conducted with 30 western students studying in China to examine the academic challenges they faced in China and their adjustment.

Pedagogy is context-dependent and value-laden. With a big difference between the western and Chinese pedagogies, western students have experienced learning and communication dislocation in Chinese universities.

Previous studies suggest that the adjustment of western students studying in China is less successful than that of Chinese students studying abroad. Dr Liu discusses the relationship between institutions and personal behaviours to analyse the motivation of students’ academic adaptation.

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Shuiyun Liu

Shuiyun Liu

Dr Shuiyun Liu is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University, China. Her main research interest is higher education policy and management. Dr Liu got her PhD from the Institute of Education (IOE), University College London and her doctoral research was funded by the Centenary Scholarship. Dr Liu has published in a number of journals, including Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, and Educational Studies, etc. Her book, Quality Assurance and Institutional Transformation: The Chinese Experience was published by Springer in 2016. Recently, her edited book was published by Routledge.

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