Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on international higher education and student mobility: Student perspectives from mainland China and Hong Kong

Ka Ho MOK, Weiyan XIONG, Guoguo KE, Joyce Oi Wun CHEUNG

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Abstract

The study critically examines how students in Mainland China and Hong Kong conceive overseas studies plans against the COVID-19 crisis. Amongst the 2739 respondents, 84 % showed no interest to study abroad after the pandemic. For those respondents who will continue to pursue further degrees abroad, Asian regions and countries, specifically Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan, are listed in the top five, apart from the US and the UK. The pandemic has not only significantly decreased international student mobility but is also shifting the mobility flow of international students. This article also discusses the policy implications, particularly reflecting on how the current global health crisis would intensify social and economic inequalities across different higher education systems. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101718
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Volume105
Early online dateNov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Citation

Mok, K. H., Xiong, W., Ke, G., & Cheung, J. O. W. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on international higher education and student mobility: Student perspectives from mainland China and Hong Kong. International Journal of Educational Research, 105, Article 101718. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2020.101718

Keywords

  • Studying abroad
  • Transnational higher education
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Quality education
  • Student mobility

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