International studies gain research prize for prof
EDGE Hill University’s Professor of Higher Education, Ming Cheng, has received a prestigious NAFSA Innovative Research in International Education Award.
The award celebrates new and innovative research that has made an impact in the field of international education and is supported by the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers’ (NAFSA) Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community.
Prof Cheng won the award for her research entitled Exploring Chinese Students’ Experience Of Curriculum Internationalisation A Comparative Study Of Scotland And Australia, which featured in Studies in Higher Education, a world leading journal in higher education studies.
Her research explored and compared how Scottish and Australian universities integrated international and intercultural elements into their curriculum to support Chinese postgraduate taught students’ study.
Prof Cheng said: “I’m really proud to have won the Innovative Research in International Education Award.
“I hope my research will impact on the practices of curriculum internationalisation in the higher education sector.
“My research proposes that universities will need to better support international students in order to improve their learning and social experiences and to develop their global perspectives and cross-cultural capabilities.”
In addition to receiving an award, Prof Cheng will have the opportunity to open the NAFSA Symposium on Research this autumn, she will be asked to chair a session on her research at the 2021 NAFSA Annual Conference and serve as an honourable member of the 2021 Award Review Committee.
With more than 10,000 members, the NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education.
Ming Cheng has more than 14 years’ international experience from working at British and Chinese universities.
Her research interests cover curriculum internationalisation, postgraduate learning and supervision, international student experiences, and quality evaluation. This most recent award adds to her long history of securing nominations, awards and research grants.
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Prof Ming Cheng has won a prestigious research award