Factors influencing the higher education of international students from Confucian East Asia

Choi, Serene H. -J. and Nieminen, Timo A. (2013) Factors influencing the higher education of international students from Confucian East Asia. Higher Education Research and Development, 32 2: 161-173. doi:10.1080/07294360.2012.673165

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Author Choi, Serene H. -J.
Nieminen, Timo A.
Title Factors influencing the higher education of international students from Confucian East Asia
Journal name Higher Education Research and Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0729-4360
Publication date 2013-04-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07294360.2012.673165
Volume 32
Issue 2
Start page 161
End page 173
Total pages 13
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Higher education, especially that leading to a degree from a high-prestige university, is strongly related to social status and employment opportunities in East Asian countries. This is a consequence of both traditional Confucian attitudes to education and the social and economic changes accompanying industrialisation. Since the number of places available at high-prestige universities is limited, competition is intense. Successful entry to such a university is not only an important achievement for the future career of the student, but also a victory for the family. In contrast, failure to do so is often seen as shameful for the family, sometimes resulting in psychological problems or suicide. This background affects the international education of East Asian students, who often have a high level of family support, with correspondingly high expectations of their success. Motives for international study vary, from avoidance of the hyper-competitive domestic system, pursuit of an overseas degree as an ‘easy option’ of moderate prestige, to an expectation of more up-to-date teaching and content. Understanding this background can be a first step for Australian or other Western educators to better meet the needs of East Asian international students and to attract students from East Asia in the long term.
Keyword Confucianism
East Asian attitudes to education
Education and family
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 28 June 2012

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