The quest for global talent for changing economic needs: a study of student mobility and job prospects for returnees in China

Ka Ho MOK*, Simon LANG, Xiao HAN

*Corresponding author for this work

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Aspiring to become a world power in an increasingly globalised world, the Chinese government recognises the importance of restructuring its economic structure to sustain its economic structure to sustain future economic growth. The Chinese government has also tried to adopt appropriate measures to transform not only the economic structures but also the education systems to produce future workforce with adaptive skills catering for the changing economic and labour market needs. The major objectives of this article is to critically examine the major motivations of students choosing international learning programmes either on offer in the mainland or studying abroad, and their career developments after returning home.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-96
Number of pages18
JournalGlobalisation, Societies and Education
Issue number1 (Special Issue)
Early online date15 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020



  • Transnational higher education
  • student motivation
  • international learning
  • transferrable skills
  • returnees and labour market

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