A Study on the Collaborative Development of Continuing Education among Universities in the Greater China Region

By Aliana Man Wai Leong.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This is a Macau Foundation funded research project. The aim of the study covers four aspects: 1. to understand the similarities and differences; 2. to investigate the feasibilities of collaboration; 3. to analyze the background conditions of collaboration; and 4. to recommend viable strategies for the collaborative development of continuing education among universities in the Greater China region (including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan). From the four aims mentioned above, research questions such as the practice of continuing education, the attitudes and concepts of collaboration, the purposes and strategies of collaboration can be derived. The prime objective of the study is to evaluate the feasibilities of collaborative development of continuing education in the Greater China region. The research target includes a total of 30 interviewees who are practitioners of continuing education services, governmental administrative officers and scholars/experts. A qualitative approach is applied by means of documentary analysis, focus group discussion and interviews. Based on the literature review and analysis of related information, the outline of the focus group discussion and the interview questions were developed as research instruments of the study. Qualitative studies will be conducted to obtain findings on the following aspects:1.the function and current situations of continuing educations among universities in the Greater China region; 2.the differences of values in collaboration in the development of continuing education among universities in the Greater China region; 3.the feasible assessment of collaboration in the development of continuing education among universities in the Greater China region; 4.the influences of collaboration backgrounds and educational issues among universities; 5.the evaluation of the basis for collaboration among universities; 6.the foundations and prospects of collaboration among universities; 7.the feasible strategies for collaboration among universities; 8.the short-range, medium-range and long-range goals and their respective facilitations for collaboration among universities; 9.the potential problems behind the scenes of feasible strategies. Finally, based on the research findings and conclusion, recommendations are made to the government bodies, higher education institutions, adult education academics and future researchers.

Keywords: Greater China Region, Continuing Education, Collaboration

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp.27-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 581.712KB).

Prof. Aliana Man Wai Leong

Director, School of Continuing Studies, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau, China

Dr. Aliana Leong is the Director of School of Continuing Studies, Professor of Tourism Management and the Association Dean of the Faculty of International Tourism Management in Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST). She received her Bachelor of Business degree from Edith Cowan University in Australia, her Master of Arts in Adult Education from the Ball State University in the US and her Master of Arts in Hospitality Management from the University of Birmingham in the UK. She received her Doctor of Education degree from Central Queensland University, Australia. While studying in the US, she earned the "Perfect GPA and Academic Excellence Award" for her scholastic performance. She was a recipient of a scholarship by the Macau Foundation for her doctoral studies. Aliana also holds professional qualifications as a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) conferred by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) from the International Association for Exposition Management (IAEM) and Certified Gambling Councilor (CGC) from the Canadian Council of Professional Certification (CCPC). Aliana has published and presented over 60 papers in journals, books, international and regional conferences in Europe, East Asia, China, and America. She has written one monograph and has so far edited four books. She is also the editor of the Journal of Macau Adult Education. Her research interests are lifelong learning, adult education and tourism education.

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