Choices facing senior high school students in China

Where to go for higher education overseas?


Eligibility: school staff and HRDSs thoughtful student
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009
Time: 3.30–5pm
Venue: Conference Room 551, Education Building A35
Enquiries: email Professor Phillip Jones


Roundtable summary


In this roundtable, Professor Hung will report the findings of a large-scale research project into the choices of senior high school students in China on undertaking higher-education abroad. Based on data from a questionnaire survey of 12,961 students in seven cities in mainland China in 2007, the study compares and contrasts students’ preferences for Australia, the US, or UK as their most-preferred country for study abroad, with particular reference to:

  • the students’ perceived attractions and difficulties

  • perceived economic returns to education

  • intended field of overseas study

  • academic performance

  • demographic characteristics

  • post-study-abroad plans.

Discussion of the findings will include such issues as the internationalisation of higher education, educational demand and student disparity, knowledge transfer, and implications for higher-education development.