The Consortium for Higher Education Research in Asia
The University of Hong Kong
The Consortium for Higher Education Research in Asia
The University of Hong Kong
The Consortium for Higher Education Research in Asia
The University of Hong Kong

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China’s Ethnic Minority Educational Preferential Policy at the Crossroads – A Case Study of the Bonus Score Policy: More, Less or Gone?

Speaker: Ms Zhepin ZHUANG  La Trobe University

Chair: Dr Jisun JUNG  The University of Hong Kong

Date: September 30, 2022 (Friday)

Time: 15:00-16:00 (HK Time) by zoom

Registration: Click here


The bonus score treatment is a long-held but controversial educational preferential policy for Chinese minority students in the yearly National University Entrance Examination. Being a core component of China’s ethnic preferential policy, the bonus score treatment has been undergoing a diminishing trend nationwide amid a deepening of the reforms. This article investigates a complete set of the policy documentation issued by China’s central government and various local governments. The findings indicate that the bonus score policy reform aims to more precisely target the regions and ethnic minorities with the most need. Meanwhile, drilling down to deeper levels of details, the article argues that the educational preferential policy has been shifted even though the State-Party never officially admits it. It is prudently but adamantly tightening the relatively liberal and preferential ethnic minority educational policy, aimed a trend of foster a strong sense of community for the Chinese nation under Xi Jinping’s era.


Zhepin Zhuang is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University. As a former lecturer at Wenzhou Polytechnic, she gained eight years of significant professional and teaching experience in the academic sphere. Currently, she is undertaking research focused on higher education for ethnic minorities in China.



Professor Philip Altbach, Boston College

Professor Ruth Hayhoe, University of Toronto

Professor Huang Futao, Hiroshima University

Professor Jung Choel Shin, Seoul National University

Professor Liu Niancai, Shanghai Jiaotong University

Professor Simon Marginson, Oxford University

Professor Min Weifang, Beijing University

Professor Jamil Salmi, Higher Education Specialist

Professor Shi Jinghuan, Tsinghua University

Professor Marijk Van der Wende, Utrecht University

Professor Anthony Welch, Sydney University

(in alphabetical order)


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Special issue on Higher Education in the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Greater Bay Area

Guest Editors: Gerard Postiglione & Alice Te

Asian Education and Development Studies Published in 2022 Volume 11 Issue 1:


Editorial on Higher Education in the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Greater Bay Area
Alice Y.C. Te, Gerard A. Postiglione  Link

The strategic role of world-class universities in regional innovation system: China’s Greater Bay Area and Hong Kong’s academic profession
Hei-hang Hayes Tang  Link

An empirical study on the correlation between university discipline and industrial structure in the Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao Greater Bay Area
Jinyuan Ma, Kejin Zhu, Yi Cao, Qiongqiong Chen, Xuesen Cheng  Link

The changing value of higher education as a currency of opportunity
Ewan Wright, Haitao Wei  Link

Trans-contextualized cross-border student choice under “one country, two systems” from Hong Kong to Mainland China for higher education
Alice Y.C. Te  Link

Pursuing doctoral studies in Macau’s private universities: pragmatic motivations and challenging experiences of Guangdong college teachers
Yanju Shao  Link

Opportunities and challenges of graduate entrepreneurship in China’s Greater Bay Area: cases in Hong Kong and Shenzhen
Dian Liu  Link

Hong Kong as public administration metropolis in the internationalization of public administration education: one Hong Kong university experience
Vincent Wong  Link


Selected Publications

Aarrevaara, T., Finkelstein, M., Jones, G., & Jung, J. (2021) (eds.). Universities in the knowledge society. Springer.

Jung, J. & Li, X. (2021). Exploring motivation of pursuing master’s degree in Hong Kong. Higher Education Quarterly. 75(2), 321-332.

Jung, J. (2021). Learning experience and academic identity building by master’s students in Hong Kong. Studies in Higher Education, 46(4), 782-795.

Santos, J.M., Horta, H., and Amâncio, L. (2021) Research agendas of female academics: a new perspective on gender disparities in academia, Gender and Education 33(5): 625-643.

Feng, S. and Horta, H. (2021) Brokers of international student mobility: The roles and processes of education agents in China. European Journal of Education 56(2): 248-264.

Horta, H., Birolini, S., Cattaneo, M., Shen, W., and Paleari, S. (2021) Research network propagation: the impact of PhD students’ temporary international mobility. Quantitative Science Studies 2(1): 129-154.

Postiglione, G.A. (2020). Expanding higher education: China’s precarious balance, China Quarterly. (244) 920-941

Zhang, L. F., Horta, H., Jung, J., Postiglione, G. A., & Shin, J. C. (2020).  Is the research-teaching nexus an enduring myth? Higher Education Forum.

Horta, H., and Santos, J.M. (2020) Organisational factors and academic research agendas: an analysis of academics in the social sciences, Studies in Higher Education 45(12): 2382-2397.

Lin, W and Yang Rui (2020). Centralising, Decentralising, and Recentralising: A Case Study of the University-Government Relationship in Taiwan. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management

Yang, R. (2020). Political Culture and Higher Education Governance in Chinese Societies: Some Reflections. Frontiers of Education in China, 15(2), 187-221.

Yang, R. (2020). China’s Higher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Some Preliminary Observations. Higher Education Research and Development.

Te, A. and Postiglione, G.A. (2020) Higher Education in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Greater Bay Area, Asian Education and Development Studies.

Winstone, N., Balloo, K. & Carless, D. (2020). Discipline-specific feedback literacies: A framework for curriculum designHigher Education.

Carless, D., & Winstone, N. (2020). Teacher feedback literacy and its interplay with student feedback literacy. Teaching in Higher Education.

Dawson, P. Carless, D., & Lee, P.P.W (2020). Authentic feedback: Supporting learners to engage in disciplinary feedback practicesAssessment and Evaluation in Higher Education.

Carless, D. (2020). Longitudinal perspectives on students’ experiences of feedback: A need for teacher-student partnershipsHigher Education Research & Development, 39(3), 425-438.

Li, M and Yang, R. (2020). Enduring Hardships in Global Knowledge Asymmetries: A National Scenario of China’s English-language Academic Journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Higher Education.

Horta, H., Cattaneo, M., and Meoli, M. (2019). The impact of Ph.D. funding on time to Ph.D. completion, Research Evaluation, 28(2): 182-195. 

Winstone, N. & Carless, D. (2019). Designing effective feedback processes in higher education: A learning-focused approach. London: Routledge.

Oleksiyenko, A. (2019). Academic collaborations in the global marketplace. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Postiglione, G.A. (2019) China’s Education Development over 70 years. Fudan University Journal of Social Science.

Horta, H., Jung, J., Zhang, L. F., & Postiglione, G. A. (2019).  Academics’ job-related stress and institutional commitment in Hong Kong universities.  Tertiary Education and Management.

Postiglione, G.A. and Tang Min (2019) International policies and experiences for China’s higher technical and vocational education, International Journal of Training Research.17:1, 1-14

Law, Wing Wah (2019) Politics, Managerialism, and University Governance: Lessons from Hong Kong under China’s Rule since 1997.

Carless, D. (2019). Feedback loops and the longer-term: Towards feedback spiralsAssessment and Evaluation in Higher Education44(5), 705-714.

Zhang, L. F., Horta, H., Jung, J., Chen, G. W., & Postiglione, G. A. (2018).  The role of thinking styles in program satisfaction and perceived intellectual competence among STEM doctoral students. Journal of Educational Psychology. DOI:10.1037/edu0000304

Oleksiyenko, A. (2018). Global mobility and higher learning. London and New York: Routledge

Oleksiyenko, A., Zha, Q., Chirikov, I., and Li, J. (eds.) (2018). International status anxiety and higher education: The Soviet legacy in China and Russia. Hong Kong: CERC/Springer.

Jung, J., Horta, H., & Yonezawa, H. (2018) (eds). Researching higher education in Asia: History, development, and future. Singapore: Springer.

Te, A., Postiglione, G.A. (2018) Hong Kong students entering Mainland China universities: a review of the admission scheme, Public Administration and Policy,

Shin, J.C., Postiglione, G.A., & Ho, K.C. (2018). Challenges for doctoral education in East Asia: a global and comparative perspective. Asia Pacific Education Review.

Xie A.L., Kuang H., Postiglione, G.A., Liu Q.Q. (2018) Cultural capital investment and social adaptation of rural students in elite universities, Journal of Higher Education  (Shanghai), 36:9: 30-37

Xie A.L., Hong, Y.B., Kuang, H., Postiglione, G.A. (2018) Cultural capital and adaptation on elite university campuses: Academic and social achievement of rural students on 985 project universities, Peking University Educational Review. 16:3:89-108.

Postiglione, G.A. and Denis Simon (2018) China–US Cooperation in Higher Education: A Critical Stabilizer. International Higher Education, 96: 5-7. 

Carless, D., Bridges, S.M., Chan, C.K.Y., Glofcheski, R. (Eds.) (2017). Scaling up assessment for learning in higher education. Singapore: Springer. 

Zhang, L. F., Evans, C., & Postiglione, G. A. (2017).  Do organizational commitments matter in teaching approaches among academics in elite higher educational institutions in Beijing? Educational Psychology, 37 (7), 778-791.

Postiglione, G., & Jung, J. (2017) (eds.). The changing academic profession in Hong Kong. Netherlands: Springer Press.

Xu, Y. & Carless, D. (2017). ‘Only true friends could be cruelly honest’: cognitive scaffolding and social-affective support in teacher feedback literacyAssessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 42(7), 1082-1094.

Yang, R. (2017). The cultural mission of China’s elite universities: examples from Peking and Tsinghua. Studies in Higher Education, 42(10), 1825–38. DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2017.1376873

Jung, J., Horta, H., & Yonezawa, H. (2017) (eds). Researching higher education in Asia: History, development, and future. Springer.

Lectures and Seminars

Upcoming webinars


June 9, 2022 (Thursday) 16:00 – 17:00 HK time by zoom

Intercultural (Re)connections in Post-Pandemic University Service Learning

Speaker: Dr Gordon TSUI The Education University of Hong Kong

Chair: Dr Jisun JUNG The University of Hong Kong


June 14, 2022 (Tuesday) 15:00 – 16:00 HK time by zoom

Higher Education and the New Economic Growth Challenge for Asia: The Role of Universities in Climate Action and Inclusive Social Policy

Speaker: Ms Sofia SHAKIL The Asia Foundation

Discussant: Dr Sungsup RA Asian Development Bank

Chair: Professor Gerard POSTIGLIONE & Dr Jisun JUNG HKU


June 17, 2022 (Thursday) 17:00 – 18:15 HK time by zoom

On (In)Visibility of Doctoral Researchers and Reframing the Doctorate for the 21st Century

Speaker: Professor Rosemary DEEM Royal Holloway University of London

Chair: Dr Hugo HORTA The University of Hong Kong


June 22, 2022 (Wednesday) 16:00 – 17:15 HK time by zoom

Mixed Methods for Cross-country Comparative Higher Education and Science Research: Large-n in Small-n Integrated and Double Sequential Research Design

Speakers: Dr Christian SCHNEIJDERBERG & Nicolai GOTZE University of Kassel, Germany

Chair: Dr Hugo HORTA The University of Hong Kong


July 7, 2022 (Thursday) 16:00 – 17:15 HK time by zoom

Marx and Marxist Theory in Researching Higher Education

Speaker: Dr Krystian SZADKOWSKI Adam Mickiewicz University

Chair: Dr Hugo HORTA The University of Hong Kong



Workshops and Conferences

Higher Education Research Association (HERA) 2022 Conference

Mass Higher Education After Pandemic in East Asia:

Policy, Diversity, and Social & Human Contribution 

Date: 27-29 April 2022
Venue: Online Conference (Zoom)

Keynote speakers:

Professor Gerard A. Postiglione (University of Hong Kong)

Professor Futao Huang (Hiroshima University)

Professor Anthony Welch (University of Sydney)

The upcoming 8th HERA conference aims to focus on discussing how the changes in the current global political economy, especially under the ongoing pandemic crisis have impacted higher education in East Asia. The higher education sector has expanded rapidly in many countries in the recent three decades. The rapid growth was strongly supported through policy initiatives as well as market demands in the knowledge society. Although higher education receives political support with these policy initiatives, we also witness how national and international politics are deeply involved in higher education institutions. In this regard, higher education institutions as social institutions are suffering from an “identity crisis” with the growing political involvement. The political regime prefers to reduce public funding to higher education and increase the share of competitive funding in most countries. These changes have accelerated with neoliberalism and globalization since the 1990s. However, policy mechanisms often become altered along with the change in political regime and socio-environmental factors because national politics are increasingly becoming populism and strategic. These socio-political and economic changes accompany various issues and challenges. In addition, the Pandemic caused by the COVID-19 has enormous impacts on higher education including massive use of online education, and the internationalization of higher education is experiencing transformative changes. These socio-political and economic changes accompany various issues and challenges.

Based on this theme, the HERA2022 conference covers various topics related to theory, policy, and practices in the fields of higher education. These issues are:

  • Policy and politics
  • Funding and finance
  • Governance, organization, and reforms
  • Research and development
  • Institutional management and research (IR)
  • Academic profession, students
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Graduate education
  • Internationalization
  • Global rankings
  • Other topics related to higher education

We welcome all scholars, researchers, and practitioners from around the world to share their expertise and knowledge in the topic of higher education at the HERA2022 conference. The organizing committee highly encourages and welcomes scholars to organize various panel sessions for a more in-depth discussion on their research topics.


Call for papers: Dec 20, 2021 – Jan. 31, 2022
Decision letter: Feb 14, 2022
Early registration: Feb 14, 2022 – Mar 14, 2022
Regular registration: Mar 15, 2022 – April 20, 2022

Session type

Session management

1. Individual research session

(For published papers or paper in progress)

  •  15 minutes for each presentation
  •  Session chair will be appointed by members from the steering committee or organizing committee
2. Panel session

(Organized by a group of researchers)

  • The theme and presenters of the panel session should be organized by the session group members
  • Session chair to be invited by session organizers  
3. Book workshop session

(For published book or Book design working group)

For more information about HERA2022, please visit

Please submit the proposal form to by Jan 31, 2022.

Thank you very much!

Best regards,
HERA2022 Organizing Committee
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Alice Y.C. Te (2022) Choosing Chinese Universities – A Negotiated Choice for Hong Kong Students, Routledge, US and UK

Series: Education and Society in China

This book unpacks the complex dynamics of Hong Kong students’ choice in pursuing undergraduate education at the universities of Mainland China. Drawing on an empirical study based on interviews with 51 students, this book investigates how macro political/economic factors, institutional influences, parental influence, and students’ personal motivations have shaped students’ eventual choice of university. With its focus on student choice and experiences of studying in China, this book’s research and policy findings will interest researchers, university administrators, school principals and teachers.

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