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Master of Arts in International Higher Education and Management

Full Time
1 year
Part Time
2 years
Application Period
1 October 2018 – 30 June 2019
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Programme Details Master of Arts in International Higher Education and Management

Lingnan University’s MA in International Higher Education and Management programme enhances the skills of education administrators

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.