Internationalization at Home through the Pandemic Era: A Qualitative Study on Tertiary Students in Hong Kong and Japan


Internationalization has become a key priority of many higher education institutions across the globe to enhance the intercultural capabilities of their students. With the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, Internationalization at Home (IaH) has provided invaluable opportunities for students to develop and improve their global outlook and cross-cultural competencies ‘at home’ during these challenging times especially when mobility will be curtailed in the foreseeable future. This paper focuses on how an IaH programme led by a self-financing tertiary institution in Hong Kong can support students’ development of intercultural and global competencies through collaboration with multiple Japanese universities using an online e-learning platform. In-depth individual interviews were conducted with participating students to better understand their perceived IaH learning experiences. Qualitative analysis shows that students’ active participation of online discussion has facilitated their intercultural understanding through interactive engagement with their overseas counterparts. Recommendations for effective IaH strategies conducive to future internationalization for higher education development are discussed.

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Macy Wong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Katherine Wong, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Hong Kong

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Conference: PCE2022
Stream: Learning Experiences

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