Lingnan University’s MA in International Higher Education and Management programme enhances the skills of education administrators
The initiatives that Chief Executive Carrie Lam aims to apply to higher and continuing education – which include a HK$30,000 subsidy to eligible secondary school graduates – will certainly trigger growth in the higher education sector. In places such as the Mainland China, similar policies have resulted in dramatic higher education expansion in the past few decades. In most cases, such changes increase the demand for supporting and administrative staff in higher education-related institutions, as well as high-calibre academic staff and faculty members.
A Programme for Career in the Education Sector
The MA in International Higher Education and Management (IHEM) programme is designed to equip students with theoretical knowledge to investigate issues concerning international higher education, policy and governance, and the management and leadership of contemporary higher education institutions. Students will achieve and practice their management skills to pursue or advance their careers in education-related fields. The programme offers various courses to optimize students’ learning experiences, including seminars, workshops, and international experiential learning. Therefore, IHEM appeals to staff and professionals working in the management or policy-making positions in the higher education sector and other education-related organisations, as well as those who want to lay the foundations for a promising career in the field.
Our graduates will have a wide choice of career options. They could assume advanced management or administrative positions at universities, schools, education-related organisations, education departments in government, and NGOs. They could also conduct research on education to inform the policy-making in the education sector. Further study in MPhil and PhD programmes is also a quality option for our graduates. Some of our graduates have advanced to doctoral programmes at universities in the UK and Hong Kong.
A Worldwide Programme
In keeping with current trends in higher education, IHEM programme has a global approach. The master’s programme is truly at the cutting edge in terms of delivery mode, course content, and career prospects. IHEM is an inter-university collaborative programme, partnering with the University of Oxford, the University of Bath, the University of Hawaii, the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, the National Chengchi University, and the National Chung Cheng University.
Moreover, IHEM students have opportunities to study overseas. Our students can also broaden their network, knowledge and experience by meeting professionals and top scholars from different counties and regions by participating in the numerous experiential learning activities offered by the IHEM programme, such as regional visits, international research conferences, academic workshops and seminars.
A Programme with Sufficient Support
IHEM enjoys the support from other Lingnan University units and departments, including the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC), Centre for Social Policy and Social Changes (CSPSC) and the Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies (APIAS).
In addition, IHEM has the support from international and regional research collaborative organizations, such as the Asia-Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP), the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities (AALAU), and the Lingnan-SCUT Joint Research Centre for Greater Bay Area Social Policy and Governance.
Accreditations and Guarantee of Quality
IHEM is of the same high quality as other programmes offered by Lingnan University—one of the top 10 liberal arts college in Asia by Forbes in 2015—and is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). From the planning stages, right through to the execution of IHEM, the faculty and staff at Lingnan University are working very closely with our overseas and Chinese partners to ensure that IHEM will meet the demands of students and the requirements of the higher education market, in which Lingnan University is one of the major players.