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Student Engagement for Sustainability of Chinese International Education: The Case of International Undergraduate Students in China

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  • Mei Tian

    (School of Foreign Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, China)

  • Genshu Lu

    (West China Higher Education Evaluation Centre & Institute of Higher Education, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, China)

  • Hongbiao Yin

    (Faculty of Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR., China)

  • Lijie Li

    (School of Public Policy and Administration, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, China)

Abstract

Student engagement has been attracting attention in the discussion of higher education (HE) quality. Despite the rapid increase of international students in China, little understanding has been gained for quality management on these students’ engagement in learning. This paper focuses on international undergraduate students in Chinese higher education institutions, exploring the nature and characteristics of their academic engagement and the environmental factors influencing the engagement. The discussion was based on a synthesis of the findings of two studies, i.e., an exploratory qualitative study following a small group of international students at a research university and a large-scale survey involving 1428 international students at 34 Chinese universities. The analyses revealed less than satisfactory levels of international students’ engagement, with a high proportion of the participants being passively or ineffectively involved in learning. The qualitative findings highlighted pedagogical and attitudinal factors that affected international students’ engagement. The survey results indicated six environmental factors, categorized into three groups, having significant effects on the respondents’ engagement. Although located in China, the analyses bear implications for practitioners striving for the sustainable development of international education in a broader range of contexts.

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  • Mei Tian & Genshu Lu & Hongbiao Yin & Lijie Li, 2020. "Student Engagement for Sustainability of Chinese International Education: The Case of International Undergraduate Students in China," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 12(17), pages 1-16, August.
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