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