Branding of higher education institutions in Hong Kong: The role of core values

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Abstract

This paper explores role of core values in the brand building processes of higher education institutions (HEIs). The research findings from looking at two universities in Hong Kong show that there are few, if at all, common core value across universities both hierarchically (organizationally and departmentally) and functionally (student offices and academic departments). Interestingly, however, all of the units in the study have their own set of core values directing their branding strategies. These core value-directed branding strategies are linked to the university missions. Consequently, it is possible to suggest a university mission-oriented brand building processes with core value-directed branding strategies. It is argued that universities who hope to balance public good as an educational institute and pragmatic aspect, i.e. competing for funding may get some hints from the results of this study by applying some values or core values in the pragmatic university missions and visions. Copyright © 1989-2015 by the CESHK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
JournalInternational Journal of Comparative Education and Development
Volume17
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Citation

Jia, N., Yu, C. W. M., & Lo, S. K. (2015). Branding of higher education institutions in Hong Kong: The role of core values. International Journal of Comparative Education and Development, 17(2), 1-20.

Keywords

  • Higher education
  • Core value
  • Brand-building processes
  • Branding strategies
  • University mission
  • Hong Kong

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