Internationalisation at EdUHK
Internationalisation is a central part of the mission of the Education University of Hong Kong.
Interview with Dr Simon Xu Sheng Lang, Associate Vice-President (Global Affairs)
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) aims to develop students' international
perspectives and knowledge so that they will be well-equipped to become caring global citizens
and professionals in their own fields. The University has also been building its team of teaching
staff whose teaching and research address regional and global issues with the objective of
making an impact on educational change, social progress and enhancement of human well-
The University's efforts are devoted to integrating different dimensions of internationalisation into
our way of life. The EdUHK values internationalisation as one of the key components of its
The Way Forward / Challenges Ahead
As the University is keen to internationalise our curriculum, our programme offerings should
align with this strategic direction by engaging our key partners to develop joint / dual or other
forms of regional / international learning programmes. In the process of integrating an
international, intercultural and global dimension into the purposes, functions and delivery of
higher education, the University actively seeks to diversify our programme delivery modes to
encourage international student engagement. The University has introduced an on-line mode of
delivery for some postgraduate programmes and we believe a better integration of curriculum
design, learning and teaching activities with advanced technology will enhance students'
international learning experiences.
To enhance student international learning experiences on campus, the University has allocated
additional resources to engage distinguished academics from the region and beyond as visiting
scholars to work closely with our local colleagues in co-organising research and learning
activities. In addition, the University has also reviewed its policy and academic regulations
related to credit transfer, course exemption and medium of instruction. The number of courses
delivered in English medium will further increase, so as to create a more conducive
environment for both in-bound exchange students as well as full-time international students.
Given that a significant proportion of our students come from families of lower socio-economic
status, their need of finding financial support in order to join overseas learning activities cannot
be understated. This will be a challenge to the University’s finance. Yet, that said, it is important
to recognise students’ financial needs in their participation in overseas learning experience and
to identify effective measures to ensure that internationalisation is open to all our students and
is not confined to a selected minority.
As the University is keen to play a leading role to transform the regional education landscape,
together with its aspiration to contribute to the HKSAR Government's strategic goal in
transforming Hong Kong into a regional education hub, the University is determined to put
concerted efforts together in deepening our regional and international cooperation with strategic
partners, major transnational organizations and leading research consortia to promote
educational change, social progress and human well-being.