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Chinese and Vietnamese international students in Australia

journal contribution
posted on 2018-01-01, 00:00 authored by Huong Le, Jade MckayJade Mckay
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the voice of Chinese and Vietnamese international
students through studying the similarities and differences in their learning experiences and the reasons
underlying their experience.
Design/methodology/approach – In total, 57 Chinese and Vietnamese international students participated
in focus groups and interviews regarding their experiences of higher education and their suggestions
for improvement.
Findings – The findings show that Chinese and Vietnamese students had varying levels of challenges and
different progress in the adaptation process and that Chinese students were more vocal and less satisfied with
their experience of higher education than Vietnamese students. This is due to the mismatch in their
expectation and the actual experience and the cultural influence.
Research limitations/implications – The sample size is relatively small. This study only looked
at Vietnamese and Chinese students in one university, which might have limitations in relation to
subjectivity and bias.
Practical implications – The findings provide useful implications for educators, institutional leaders and
support staff to improve facilities, teaching quality and service to students.
Originality/value – In the current era of internationalisation, commercialisation and mobility in institutions
around the world, this study advances current research and provides timely insight into the experiential
differences of the Chinese and Vietnamese student experience and their voice.

History

Journal

International journal of educational management

Volume

32

Issue

7

Pagination

1278 - 1292

Publisher

Emerald Publishing Limited

Location

Bingley, Eng.

ISSN

0951-354X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Emerald Publishing Limited