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).

If you have any inquiries about the seminar/consortium, please contact us cherhku@hku.hk

Seminar 3: March 26, 2021 (Friday)  ǀ  15:00-16:00 (HKT)

Unveiling the Research Agenda-setting of Academics

from the Applied Fields

Presenter: Ms LIU Yingxin, Margaret, The University of Hong Kong

Chair & Discussant: Dr Nian RUAN, The University of Hong Kong

Research agenda-setting is a vital part of research activities of academics but mostly understudied in the literature. It is expected to function as part of the initial research plan with potential influences on the career of academics. In the current knowledge reliant academia and society, it merits further study. Using qualitative research methodology and a grounded theory approach, the aim of this study is to uncover the research agenda-setting and the factors affecting the agenda-setting process. In-depth interviews are conducted in Hong Kong and Mainland China, with 51 academics from applied disciplines involved. This research will draw insights from the qualitative data to build up a theoretical framework and unveil research agenda-setting. A thorough comprehension of academics’ behavior will of great value to providing references for academics to have a self-reflection and motivate themselves. Detailed delineation of the research agenda-setting will enlighten the academics with practical implications and suggestions. Furthermore, the research outcome will grant the policymakers in higher education and project managers novel illumination.