Professional Development Series: Internationalization and Quality Management in Higher Education

About the Course

The concept of "quality" has become a central theme in modern Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).  Rising tuition fees and the increasing role that it plays in funding universities, state funding, and the desire to apply management principles to the running of universities have all led to the emphasis on quality.  The notion of quality has departed from its origins in quality control and assurance that takes a retrospective view of quality in favour of the idea of quality enhancement.  Quality enhancement is a forward looking and progressive examination of quality with a view to bringing about change, innovation and improvement and this course will examine practical ways of bringing about such enhancement.

The course is co-offered by the Lingnan Institute of Further Education and the Division of Graduate Studies, Lingnan University.

Key Features

  • Intensive course to allow students to complete the study in two months
  • Lectures delivered by seasoned experts in international higher education and quality assurance
Prof. James POUNDER

Other Speakers
Prof. Joshua MOK
Dr. Raymond NG

Dr. Kent LAI

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Course, students should be able to:
  • Explain the various challenges facing modern Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Describe the history and development of the quality movement in higher education, from its origins to its present state
  • Assess the impact of one or more initiatives designed to enhance the quality
  • Articulate a framework for quality enhancement in higher education

Assessment and Award

  • final examination
  • individual assignment
  • moodle discussion
  • action learning project
  • Students having passed the assessments and completed the course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by the Lingnan Institute of Further Education and the Division of Graduate Studies of Lingnan University.
  • Students meeting the entry requirements of the Master of Arts in International Higher Education and Management (IHEM) Programme can apply for admissions to the IHEM programme offered by Lingnan University with credit transfer of the course "Internationalization and Quality Management in Higher Education" with an attainment of Grade C or above.
For details of IHEM Programme, please refer to

Course Outline

  • The history and global development of the quality movement
  • The relevance of business concepts to higher education
  • Higher education as a system
  • The management of students
  • Hong Kong issues, e.g. university governance reforms and accountability
  • The future of higher education
  • Special topics in higher education

Admission Requirements

Hold a bachelor's degree from a recognized tertiary institution, or equivalent
(preferably with some working experience in higher education institutions)

Tuition Fee


Early Bird Discount: The Early Bird Discount is a HK$1,000 discount reserved for students sending in applications with full payment by 13 April 2017 (Thur).

Lingnan Institute of Further Education (LIFE) reserves the right to vary or terminate the above promotion offer.  In case of dispute, the decision of LIFE should be final.

Class Schedule

Date  Time
13 May 2017 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
20 May 2017 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
27 May 2017 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
3 June 2017 (Sat)  2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
10 June 2017 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
17 June 2017 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
25 June 2017 (Sun) 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (to be confirmed)
8 July 2017 (Sat)
(to be confirmed)
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(to be confirmed)
Remarks: Besides lectures, students may also be invited to participate in other activities.

3/F, Tower 2, South Seas Centre, 75 Mody Road,Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Application Deadline

27 April 2017 (Thur)
Late application may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Lingnan Institute of Further Education
Room 301, 3/F, New Academic Block, Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Tel:(852)2616 7255
Fax:(852)2460 2049