Avoiding the “Rat race”: Hong Kong students’ sense of belonging to a Chinese university in the Greater Bay Area

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Abstract

Inbound Hong Kong students constitute a substantial and growing population at mainland Chinese universities in the Greater Bay Area (the GBA). However, their university experiences and the ways in which they construct sense of belonging to Chinese universities have been under-researched areas. The qualitative interview study was conducted in one mainland Chinese university located in the GBA with ten students in years 1 and 2 of their undergraduate studies. This research challenges the homophily belonging assumption. Collected data suggest that the students made meaning of and operated university belonging counter to the institutional rat race culture on the mainland campus. Copyright © 2024 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103059
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Development
Volume108
Early online dateMay 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - May 2024

Citation

Gao, F. (2024). Avoiding the “Rat race”: Hong Kong students’ sense of belonging to a Chinese university in the Greater Bay Area. International Journal of Educational Development, 108, Article 103059. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2024.103059

Keywords

  • Sense of belonging to university
  • Inbound Hong Kong students
  • Rat race
  • The Greater Bay Area China