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 increased growth in the sector. But this sector has already developed rapidly over the last few years, due to an increase in bachelor’s and master’s programmes offered by local and overseas institutions. All this activity has increased the demand for support and administrative staff who work in higher education, as well as high-calibre academic staff and faculty members.

The need for the International Higher Education and Management programme

“We see the need for a programme that can nurture administrative staff who work at higher education institutions, and equip them with the latest skillsets and a global perspective,” says Dr Kent Lai, programme leader of the new MA in International Higher Education and Management (IHEM) offered at Lingnan University.

The International Higher Education and Management programme is designed for existing staff and professionals working in the higher education sector, as well as those who want to lay the foundations for a promising career in the field. “It combines policy and management – theory and practice – into one effective mix,” says Lai. “The wide range of modules enables students to acquire a thorough knowledge of marketing, management, finance, strategic planning – all the skills that programme administrators and leaders need to master.”A worldwide programme

The International Higher Education and Management programme has a global approach, in keeping with current trends. The master’s programme is truly on the cutting edge in terms of mode of delivery, course content, and career prospects, says Lai: “The International Higher Education and Management programme is an inter-university collaborative programme, partnering with the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, the University of Hawaii in the USA, and the National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan,” he says.

The International Higher Education and Management programme has the support of the department of marketing and international business, the department of sociology and social policy, the Teaching and Learning Centre, the Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies, and the Inter-University Research Consortium for Higher Education, at Lingnan University, Lai says.

“Above all, this gives the programme an authentic and unique twist,” Lai says. “Students have exchange opportunities to study overseas. They can also broaden their network and ideas by meeting professionals, and top scholars, from different counties and regions, by attending a series of international research workshops and seminars.”

Accreditations and a guarantee of quality

The International Higher Education and Management programme 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 the programme, the faculty and staff at Lingnan are working very closely with our overseas, and Chinese, partners to ensure that the programme will meet the demands of students. It will also meet the requirements of the higher education market, in which we are one of the major players,” Lai says.

Scholarships and meeting expectations

Lai believes that the master’s programme will be in great demand due to the recent increase in universities funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC), as well as the increase in self-financed institutions, sub-degree institutions, and other higher education providers. Lai says it will help Hong Kong attain its goal of becoming an educational hub for the region. “Students will learn the latest developments and trends, and the practice of international universities and institutions, as well as those of local ones,” he notes. Lai adds that a variety of scholarships and bursaries may be available to those in need, and this will make the programme more accessible.

Programme Curriculum

Semester 1
  • Globalization, Higher Education and Society (3 credits)
  • Creating an Effective Student Learning Environment (3 credits)
  • Comparative and International Social Policy Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Internationalizing Higher Education: Institutional Strategy and Development (3 credits)
  • Branding and Marketing of Higher Education (3 credits)
Semester 2 & Summer Term
  • Internationalization and Quality Management in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • Managing Talents and Finance in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • Managing Entrepreneurial University Project (6 credits)
  • Asia Pacific Higher Education Policy and Management Symposium (1.5 credits)
  • Postgraduate Studies Seminar Series (1.5 credits)
  • Experiential Learning trip overseas (Optional)

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to achieve and maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) of 2.50 or above starting from the end of the first regular term (i.e. the first term or the second term of the academic year but not the summer term) or from the end of the term when they have cumulatively taken at least 15 credits, whichever comes first. The studies of those students who cannot meet such G.P.A requirement will normally be discontinued. Special consideration could be given if a student has performed poorly (below B-) in no more than two courses but performed adequately (with an average grade of B- or above) in other courses and is likely to be able to fulfill the graduation requirements if allowed to proceed.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours from a recognised tertiary institution*; and
  • An applicant whose degree is from a non-English-medium tertiary institution should obtain:
    • TOEFL: minimum acceptable score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) or
    • IELTS: minimum acceptable score of 6.5 or
    • an equivalent score in a recognised test*.

* Equivalent qualifications and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis;
Interviews may be conducted if deemed necessary by the Admissions Coordinator and the Program Director

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Last updated August 20, 2018
This course is Campus based
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Sep 2019
1 - 2 years
120,000 HKD
The tuition fees for the 2018-19 academic year are under review.
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