#ChinaHE20 Conference Schedule

7 – 11 December 2020
Offered flexibly online and free to attend

The schedule for this year’s conference is listed below. Please click on the individual sessions to see abstracts for the presentations. All sessions will take place on Zoom – passwords for sessions will be provided by email to registered attendees.

Please register via Eventbrite to ensure you receive the password for sessions.

Monday, December 7

Session 1: Conference Introductions and
‘Knowledge domains of Chinese doctoral returnees’

Chair: Jenna Mittelmeier

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/097b6111-3ff4-4106-955c-1a5cd5ceacb6/

PresentersSession Title
Conference co-organisersWelcome and introduction
Catherine Montgomery
(Durham University)
Looking for ‘new domains’ amidst uncertain futures: Chinese doctoral research as knowledge of future global higher education
Yudan Zhang and Xiaoqing Wang (Huazhong University of Science and Technology)Hotspots and trends of domestic literature research on academic returnees of Chinese universities from 2007-2019: A vizualised analysis based on Citespace

Session 2A: Post-pandemic considerations for higher education

Chair: Helen (Choen Yin) Chan

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/b89c4ef4-090b-41ca-90ad-75169428e4b5/

PresentersSession Title
Chi Zhang
(University of St Andrews)
Post-pandemic authoritarian resilience in higher education
Leigh Lawrence (University of Cambridge)China’s higher education governance during COVID: A mixed methods study of policy analysis and student perspectives
Heather Cockayne and
Jenna Mittelmeier (University of Manchester)
Global interpretations of Chinese international students during COVID-19: A thematic analysis of Twitter data

Session 2B: China and UK higher education

Chair: Huili Si

Session recording avialable at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/3fc436b8-9169-4a13-8591-665e9581f84d

PresentersSession Title
Michael Natzler
(Higher Education Policy Institute)
Evolving narratives around ‘China’ in higher education policy: A view from a think tank
Xi Tao
(University College London)
Becoming a global citizen through study abroad: A longitudinal study of Chinese postgraduate students’ experience in the UK
David Law
(Keele University)
Sino-British joint education institutes: Policy issues for university leaders in UK (Work in Progress paper)

Keynote Session:

Ka Ho Mok (Lingnan University)
‘The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on international higher education: Chinese student perspectives’

Chair: Miguel Antonio Lim

Sesion recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/5e7fd831-703e-46f1-ab08-73fe32187a11

Keynote abstract and speaker profile are available here.

Tuesday, December 8

Session 3A: International students’ experiences in China

Chair: Jingran Yu

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/07c10595-f039-435f-955b-9c4f23cd0f15

PresentersSession Title
Tinghe Jin (University of East Anglia)
Paiwei Qin (University of Jyvaskyla)
Palitha Edirisingha (University of Leicester)
Experiencing and reflecting Chinese Higher Education (CHE): Interviews with international students in mainland China
Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh
(La Trobe University)
International students in China and their employability perceptions: A qualitative study
Ming Han
(University of Nottingham Ningbo)
Cultures of learning: Exploring the learning experiences of international students in China (Work in Progress paper)

Session 3B: Evaluating systems of university practice

Chair: Bowen Zhang

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/72f2f2eb-d7cf-45c1-a4f3-b9a656a47f71

PresentersSession Title
Yui-yip Lau and
Tsz Leung Yip
(The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Social transformation of education in Hong Kong: Changes of student mix and behaviours
Bing Liu
(University of Manchester)
The definition of the world-class university in China’s higher education
Andrea Střelcová and Yuzhuo Cai
(Tampere University)
European researchers in Chinese academia: What are their motivations, satisfaction and career trajectories?

Session 4: Global experiences of international students during COVID

Chair: Ying Yang

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/baedbbd5-2000-4a0e-aaed-4eb28182d293

PresentersSession Title
Angela Lehmann
(Australian National University)
Being international at home: Australia’s offshore Chinese international students during COVID-19
Hong Yang
(University of Reading)
Chinese students’ learning experience in one British university during the COVID-19 pandemic
Carolyn Hu
(University of Edinburgh)
International postgraduate students’ learning experience within a crisis context: A qualitative study in the UK
Yizhe Huang and Michael Lanford
(University of North Georgia)
The experiences of Chinese international students in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic (Work in Progress paper)

Early Career Writing Workshop

Chair: Helen (Choen Yin) Chan

What does it mean to write effectively? A workshop on key elements of good academic writing
Jelena Brankovic (Bielefeld University)
Melina Aarnikoivu (University of Jyvaskyla)
ECHER – Early Career Higher Education Researchers

Workshop abstract and speaker profiles are available here.

Wednesday, December 9

Session 5 (Parallel Session): 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (UK time)
(7:00 to 8:00 pm China; 6:00 to 7:00 am EST)

Session A: Chinese international students’ experiences and identity formation

Chair: Xueting Ban

Sesson recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/4d4a8737-5851-48b3-8450-de5392db2b6c

PresentersSession Title
Meng Xiao
(University of Toronto)
Passive learners? Rethinking Chinese international student identities in Canadian post-secondary institutions
Lemin Shen
(Zhejiang Wanli University)
Developing host students’ intercultural communicative competence (ICC) in a multicultural class in China
Shan Lu
Concordia College Moorhead, USA;
University of Toronto
A look at COVID-19 impact on two colleges’ international mobility plans and policies: United International College and Concordia College
(Work in Progress paper)

Session B: Teaching experiences in uncertainty

Chair: Heather Cockayne

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/06faf146-93b1-49c2-a05c-d8c677decb3a

PresentersSession Title
Annie McCartney, Phillippa Watkins, Clare Kell, Dawn Story, and Shane Galvin
(University of South Wales)
The contractual and educational challenges in delivering ‘high quality’ online tuition to Chinese students across disciplines in the ‘New Normal’
Kannass Chan, Laura Zhou, and Leo Chon
(The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Responding to COVID-19 in transitioning to online teaching: Challenges and concerns from teachers’ perspectives at a university in Hong Kong (Work in Progress paper)

Session 6: 12:15 to 1:15 pm (UK)
(8:15 to 9:15 pm China; 7:15 to 8:15 am EST)

Chinese international relations and higher education

Chair: Miguel Antonio Lim

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/ca277376-cec8-44fc-bef2-cc70db096172/

PresentersSession Title
Que Anh Dang
(Coventry University)
How China and the UK influence ASEAN to navigate and engage with a changing higher education world?
Bowen Xu
(University of Cambridge)
China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Reimagining, reshaping, and regionalizing a Sino-centric higher education space
Natalia Leskina (Ural Federal University) and
Emma Sabzalieva (York University)
Central Asian education at the crossroads: Between post-soviet regionalism and China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Session 7: 2:45 to 3:45 pm (UK)
(10:45 to 11:45 pm China; 9:45 to 10:45 am EST)

Macro systems of Chinese higher education

Chair: Xi Xi

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/341d5d88-97ea-4c48-af1c-d4d10981dd9b/

PresentersSession Title
Leping Mou
(University of Toronto)
Michael O’Shea
(University of Toronto)
Lu Xu (University of Pennsylvania)
Ross Aikins (University of Pennsylvania)
Communicating COVID-19: Analyzing insitutional responses from Chinese universities
Abigail Smith (Pace University)
Tavis Jules (Loyola University)
SINO-CARICOM: The fate of education and economic integration amidst COVID-19
Ryan M. Allen
(Chapman University)
A mixed-method exploration of perceptions and cooperation of China’s C9 league

Keynote Panel: 4:00 to 5:00 pm (UK time)
(12:00 to 1:00 am China (Thursday); 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EST)

Chair: Jenna Mittelmeier

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/7344d869-dfbe-4729-a515-cf1321eecf9d/

Jenny J. Lee (University of Arizona)
Brendan Cantwell (Michigan State University)
John P. Haupt (University of Arizona)
Wen Wen (Tsinghua University)
‘What is the future of US-China research collaborations?’

Panel abstract and speaker profiles are available here.

Thursday, December 10

Session 8: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (UK time)
(7:00 to 8:00 pm China; 6:00 to 7:00 am EST)

Soft power and knowledge diplomacy

Chair: Huili Si

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/7a7310a1-722a-4786-900c-952941260272/

PresentersSession Title
Anabela Santiago
(University of Aveiro)
Chinese higher education trends in a post-pandemic era: still a tool of soft power?
Bingqing Shen
(University of Toronto)
An attempt at knowledge diplomacy in Chinese higher education development: A rethinking of China’s Confucius Institutes

Session 9 (Parallel Sessions): 12:15 to 1:15 pm (UK)
(8:15 to 9:15 pm China; 7:15 to 8:15 am EST)

Session A: International academics working in China

Chair: Bowen Zhang

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/fb229768-0182-4d0c-8b33-b17e4fc524c7/

PresentersSession Title
Yan Liang
(University of Nottingham)
Expat academics in China: A future of opportunities, challenges, and uncertainties
Xin Xu (University of Oxford) and
Giulio Marini (University College London)
The mobility of international faculty to China: Motivations, challenges, and future patterns
Jiexiu Chen (University College London) and
Junwen Zhu (East China Normal University)
False anticipation and misfits in a cross-cultural setting: Exploring international scholars’ working experiences in Chinese universities

Session B: Higher education systems in China

Chair: Bing Liu

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/3f0010d5-d93e-4812-9f90-5b40192e177f/

PresentersSession Title
Xiaoling Wang and
Yangfan Li
(Dailan University of Technology)
The evolution and features of programs adjustment mechanism in Chinese Universities since 1949
Xu Liu (Southern University of Science and Technology) and
Yitao Wang (Suzhou University)
Can independent colleges really be independent in China?
Cassidy Gong
(University of Toronto)
Factors Contributing to the Regional Variation in the Growth and Development of Private Universities in China, Towards a Conceptual Framework (Work in Progress paper)

Keynote Session: 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UK time)
(9:30 to 10:30 pm China; 8:30 to 9:30 am EST)

Chair: Miguel Antonio Lim

Session recording is available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/9920a97d-e70b-4a2b-ac4e-e685654f91b7/

Wenqin Shen (Peking University)
‘International academic mobility: Academic careers in China and the challenges ahead’

Keynote abstract and speaker profile are available here.

Friday, December 11

Session 10: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (UK time)
(7:00 to 8:00 pm China; 6:00 to 7:00 am EST)

Policies of internationalisation

Chair: Xueting Ban

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/c32ba097-848d-428e-a123-80cf22c98abb/

PresentersSession Title
Na Wei
(National Institute for Curriculum and Textbook Research)
Case study: Going to an overseas university, a choice for a Beijing-born student who does not have the right to take the national entrance examination in Beijing
Jiaqi Liu
(University of California San Diego)
Between embracing and controlling: The politics of student emigration in China
Huili Si and
Miguel Antonio Lim
(University of Manchester)
COVID-19, a new driver to optimize China’s transnational higher education?

Session 11 (Parallel Sessions): 12:15 to 1:15 pm (UK)
(8:15 to 9:15 pm China; 7:15 to 8:15 am EST)

Session A: Pivots to online learning

Chair: Jenna Mittelmeier

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/2773fa6f-63a9-46ac-acfb-c1c8d3e352c5

PresentersSession Title
Yidan Zhu (Lingnan University)
Yun Xia (Shanghai University)
Yu Yan (Shanghai University), and
Yufei He (Shanghai University)
Crossing boundaries through e-learning: Experiencing collaborative online international learning (COIL) in China’s Higher Education
Marieke Guy and
Pip McDonald
(Royal Agriculture University)
The certainty of uncertainty: Transnational online pivot in China (Work in Progress paper)
Yujun Xu
(University of Edinburgh)
Data protection and privacy implications of online learning in international higher education (Work in Progress paper)

Session B: Academic returnee staff in China

Chair: Jingran Yu

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/49db4402-e95a-48a1-8fae-d1dbb587be8c

PresentersSession Title
Yijun Hu
(Griffith University)
Being and becoming academics: Returnees translating Western academic conduct to China
Jiaxin Chen
(Lingnan University) and
Xiaoxin Du (Fudan University)
Policy ambiguity for flexibility or uncertainty: The hidden rules in academic performance evaluation and academic returnees’ resocialization in Chinese universities
Bowen Zhang (University of Manchester)The influence of Sino-Western exchange on internationalisation of Chinese higher education: Staff recruitment policy of Sino-Western universities in 20th and the 21st century

Keynote Session: 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UK time)
(9:30 to 10:30 pm China; 8:30 to 9:30 am EST)

Chair: Heather Cockayne

Session recording available at: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/8856f85434e41fb156ec49cee2ff2134/5977ad12-f6be-4dcf-b05e-bc414456eb4e

Johanna L. Waters (University College London)
‘Transnationalising higher education in Hong Kong: A new paradigm for (im)mobilities in HE?’

Keynote abstract and speaker profile are available here.

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