Intercultural Communication in the University: Policy and Practices

Yick Wah LEUNG , Baohua YU*

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Due to the increasing globalization of higher education, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of nonlocal students enrolling at different Universities across the world, including Hong Kong. In recent decades, Mainland China has become the major source of international students in Hong Kong Universities. There has been a rapid growth of 233% increase in 2018/2019 compared to the number of non-local students in 2008/2009 (University Grants Committee 2019).

Advocate for the recruitment of non-local students believe that this can raise students’ intercultural awareness as well as preparing them for the globalized economy. In addition, it is generally agreed that Mainland China and Hong Kong share the same Chinese cultural heritage which originate from Confucius’s heritage and the similar character writing system (Xu 2013; Ma 2015).

However, the establishment of an intimate relationship between Hong Kong and Mainland China students is found to be difficult. This is...

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319318165
ISBN (Print)9783319318165
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 May 2020
Externally publishedYes


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