Understanding international postgraduate students’ educational mobility to China: an ecological systematic perspective

YU, Yun, CHENG, Ming and XU, Yuwei (2021). Understanding international postgraduate students’ educational mobility to China: an ecological systematic perspective. Higher Education Research & Development, 41 (6), 2137-2153.

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International educational mobility is often perceived as westward mobility for non-English speaking learners. This study explores an increasing trend of mobility from developed countries to mainland China from ecological systematic perspectives. Drawing on interviews with fourteen students from developed countries, the study explores the factors key to their choice to study postgraduate programmes in China and subsequent experiences. It reveals that students’ choice of mobility can be complex, diverse, and socially and culturally embedded. The process of choosing where to study becomes a journey: individual students rationalise their choice through self-negotiation and integrative consideration of personal aspirations, family influence, social environment, finance, and cultural differences. The study proposes a multi-layered ecological systematic approach to comprehensively understand why and how various factors affect their choice-making. The findings challenge the stereotyped privilege and elitism of western education, as studying in China has empowered students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access further education beyond their national borders. The implications for achieving equality via international educational mobility are discussed in this article.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 13 Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2021.1973383
Page Range: 2137-2153
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2022 10:44
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 16:30
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30818

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