Crossing international boundaries through doctoral partnerships: Learnings from a Chinese-Australian forum

Flynn, Matt, Carter, Merilyn Gladys, Alford, Jennifer H., Hughes, Hilary E., Fox, Jillian L., & Duke, Jennifer (2015) Crossing international boundaries through doctoral partnerships: Learnings from a Chinese-Australian forum. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 10, pp. 418-438.

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International forums for doctoral students offer a fertile context for developing strategic partner-ships between higher education institutions, as well as for building the intercultural capacity of early career academics. However, there is limited research investigating the benefits of international doctoral forum partnerships. This paper presents learnings from a recent international doctoral forum held in Beijing, China and attended by doctoral students and academics from Beijing Normal University (China) and Queensland University of Technology (Australia). Drawing on qualitative case study method and a model of boundary crossing mechanisms, we identify the beneficial outcomes of the forum. We describe how the forum arose from a strong ongoing partnership between the Education Faculties of Beijing Normal University and Queensland University of Technology. We then identify how, at the institutional and individual level, international doctoral forum participants can be challenged and benefit in four areas: collaboration, intercultural capacity, academic enhancement and program development. Implications for engaging successfully in international doctoral forum partnerships are also discussed.

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ID Code: 88922
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australia, China, international, doctoral forum, boundary crossing, collaboration, university, case study, HERN
ISSN: 1556-8873
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Informing Science Institute
Deposited On: 12 Oct 2015 00:41
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2015 22:50

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