Early Career Researchers Network in Asian Higher Education Studies

The Consortium for Higher Education Research in Asia (CHERA) (Chair: Professor Gerard A. Postiglione) and the Social Contexts and Policies of Education (SCAPE) at the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong host a series of forums for doctoral students in Asia who are studying in the field of higher education.

The forums aim to identify common challenges in Asian higher education, build a vibrant and sustainable network, and strengthen the research collaboration among emerging scholars in higher education. The forums cover a broad range of issues in Asian higher education including higher education and science policy, teaching and learning, student experience, equity/access, quality assurance, internationalization, and privatization and finance. On-going researches (project or dissertations) and recently published works are all welcome to be presented and discussed. Both individual/co-presentations and panel discussion formats are welcome. The forums are conducted in English via an online platform.

Anyone who is interested in presenting their research, please contact the coordinators: Dr. Jisun Jung (jisun@hku.hk) and Dr. Alice Te (aliceteyc@yahoo.com.hk). Please send the (tentative) title, abstract (150 words), and a bio (50 words).

For details for the series: https://scapeecr1.edu.hku.hk/​

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Seminar 1

Impact of study abroad experience on Chinese engineering students’ employability

Presenter: Qian Huang, Cathy, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

Chair & Discussant: Dr. Ma Ying, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

Date: Friday, 29 January 2021

Time: 3:00 to 4:00 pm, HK time

More details on this seminar: https://scapeecr1.edu.hku.hk/seminar-1

Registration: https://hku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkcOGrpzouHtXamUrzzTyWfleha-J306C9


This research aims to examine the impact of study abroad experience on Chinese engineering students’ employability and their early career path. In this study, employability is defined as capabilities, processes and performances before job search, during job search and after job search, which include hard and soft skills engineering students gain upon graduation before job search; processes during job search; performances after job search during graduates’ early career. This study aims to explore following research questions: how do study abroad experiences prepare engineering graduates’ hard & soft skills before job search? How do study abroad experiences influence engineering graduates’ job search process? how do study abroad experience influence engineering graduates’ performance during early career? This study adopts a qualitative approach via in-depth interview focusing on individual experience from phenomenology approach. This study will make theoretical contribution in the area of combining both learning theories and sociological perspective to explore the theme of study abroad experiences’ impact on employability. It will be of great significance to future engineering students, study abroad officers both at home universities and at host universities as well as policy makers for international education in enhance international engineering students’ employability during their study abroad.

Presenter: Cathy is an EdD candidate at the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong (HKU).  Her research topic is the impact of study abroad experiences on Chinese engineering students’ employability. Prior to her doctoral study, Cathy worked as a university administer for Fudan University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University for almost ten years. Her recent publications include:

  • Huang, Q. & Jung, J. (2020). Development of strategies for internationalizing Chinese Higher vocational education. Journal of Institutional Research South East Asian, 18(1), 41-62.
  • Xie, A.L., Postiglione, G.A & Huang, Q (2020). The Greater Bay Area (GBA) Development Strategy and Its Relevance to Higher Education. ECNU Review of Education, 1-11.