Lingnan University partners with international collaborators in launching the Centre for Global Higher Education

4 Feb 2016

Lingnan University becomes a partner of the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), the largest research centre in the world specifically focused on higher education and its future development.  The Centre was launched in an international public seminar held on 2 and 3 February in London.

CGHE is a partnership led by the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education with Lancaster University and the University of Sheffield in the UK, Australian National University in Australia, Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland, Hiroshima University in Japan, Leiden University in the Netherlands, Lingnan University in Hong Kong, Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Mainland China and University of Cape Town in South Africa.

To enhance and broaden the global experiences of students and faculty, Lingnan University has been actively establishing strategic collaborations with institutions worldwide. “Our partnership with renowned international collaborators in launching the CGHE marks another important milestone in Lingnan University’s internationalisation achievements,” said Prof Leonard K Cheng, President of Lingnan University.
“This collaboration enables the University to tap into a leading worldwide research platform and showcase our world class excellence in the area of global higher education research,” added Prof Cheng.

Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Vice-President and Chair Professor of Comparative Policy of Lingnan University joined the Centre’s launching seminar as a keynote speaker.  In his keynote speech on the topic “The Quest for World-class Status: Challenges and Prospects for Higher Education in Asia”, Prof Mok addressed the challenges and prospects for higher education in Asia and the implications for the UK.  While in the past 20 years, governments in Asia have expanded higher education on a massive scale to meet pressing development needs, Prof Mok elaborated on his research which shows how the “massification” and “marketisation” of higher education has impacted on quality, research capacity building and graduate development.

CGHE’s research integrates local, national and global perspectives and aims to inform and improve higher education policy and practice. It has more than £6 million in funding from the Economic and Social Research Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Under the Centre’s extensive research programmes, Prof Mok will lead a three-year research programme entitled “UK international graduates in East Asia: careers, earnings, jobs, mobility”, which is planned to be embarked in the second half of 2016.  The research will examine different development aspects of Asian students graduating from universities in the UK including their graduate employment, career development and social mobility.  It will also examine how universities in the UK prepare these graduates for employment.

For more information on CGHE, please visit: