Cultural and Equity Issues of Chinese Students Studying in Australia: Strategies for Improving their Educational and Social Outcomes

By Ping Wang and James Cross.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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With China becoming the major international student source for Australia, educational institutions are challenged to develop strategies to improve educational and social outcomes for these students.

Keywords: Culture, Equity, Academic Community, Local Community, Participation, Integration, Higher Education

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.143-152. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 831.784KB).

Ping Wang

Ping Wang is currently a PhD candidate with full scholarship in the School of IT at Murdoch University, Western Australia. Her research area includes e-business, trust and international commercial law. Before this, Ping worked as a project officer and graduate research assistant at Edith Cowan University (ECU), WA. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems at ECU with High Distinction in all units. Since graduating from Sichuan University, China, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture as an "Outstanding Graduate Student" and with several major awards, Ping has worked as an interior designer-architect, university administrator, English teacher, senior manager in China. Ping has published over half a dozen research papers in the area of university teaching-learning, culture studies, and information systems.

Assoc Prof James Cross

Professor James Cross currently heads the International and Commercial Office within the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science on the Joondalup Campus of ECU in Perth, Western Australia. During his time in this role he has established and supported collaborative arrangements with partners in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Ireland and Norway. The I & C office is responsible for the development, implement-ation and evaluation of international activities of the Faculty's Operational Plan, identification and development of strategic alliances in international markets that generate educational, cultural and financial returns for the Faculty, facilitation of scholarly exchanges, staff development, collaborative research and offshore teaching by Faculty staff in the international arena, administration of international programs, co-ordination of fee paying award courses, short courses, consultancies and contract research and development opportunities. He has been active in the development of award and short courses. In particular he has been team leader for the Thailand research preparation program for academic staff and has coordinated and taught in short courses for staff from many countries. His research interests are in the area of international education, applied time series analysis, image processing and natural resource modelling. He has worked collaboratively with the Marine Research Laboratories - WA Fisheries Department on time series modelling of fish stock, has been successful in obtaining research grants from the ARC, has previously been the leader of the data modelling and analysis research group and is the author of over 20 research papers over the last 5 years. In 1997 Professor Cross was admitted as a fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society.

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