Research Student Profiles

Miss WANG, Ling

Social Contexts and Policies of Education

Programme of Study: PhD

Field of Study: Higher Education

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About Me:
Ling graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MPhil in Education, the Chinese University of Hong Kong with an MSSc in Public Policy, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology with a BA in English. Prior to her doctoral study, she worked in the Chinese higher education and technology industries.

Current Research:
Her doctoral research examines the professional and leadership development of academics in Chinese higher education. The core research questions that guide her doctoral research include: What are the pathways to formal leadership positions for Chinese academics? How do Chinese academics develop professionally? How do they experience working toward achieving PI status?

She is also doing research projects on:
1. intercultural adjustments and adaptations of Western-educated mainland and foreign students in Hong Kong
1. writing for publication of Chinese early-career researchers
2. research publication trends in Chinese humanities and social sciences

Primary Supervisor: Professor YANG, Rui

Co-supervisor(s): Professor CHEONG, Choo Mui

Research Outputs:
Wang, W, L., & Woo, W, E. (2022). We are stuck in the middle: intercultural adjustments and adaptations of Western-educated mainland PhD students at one Hong Kong university. Asia Pacific Journal of Education. DOI: [10.1080/02188791.202]

Wang, L. (2022, May 20–21). What makes collaborative publication successful? Evidence from early-career researchers in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong [Paper presentation]. The 2022 Annual Conference of the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong. Online conference.

Wang, L. (2022, Apr 18–22). Going global while staying local: Cultural content analysis of four EFL textbooks used in Chinese high schools [Paper presentation]. 66th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society. Online conference.

Wang, L. & Woo, E. (2021, Dec 9–11). Neither Western nor Eastern: intercultural adaptations and challenges of Western-educated mainland Chinese Ph.D. students at an elite Hong Kong University [Paper presentation]. HKERA-APERA International Conference 2021. Online conference.

Awards and Prizes:
1. HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship, awarded by the University of Hong Kong, 2020-23
2. Second Prize at the National Public Administration Case Competition (as Team Supervisor), awarded by the Organising Committee of the National Public Administration Case Competition, 2016
3. Letter of Appreciation for Outstanding Work at International Conference on ICT in Education, awarded by the Department of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Education, 2015
4. Education Foundation Scholarship, awarded by Hong Kong HUST Alumni Association, 2014
5. Best Debater (Central China Regional Tournament) at 17th ‘FLTRP CUP’ National English Debating Competition, awarded by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Youth League, the All China Student Union, and Beijing Foreign Studies University, 2013
6. Outstanding Delegate Award at Central China Model United Nations Conference, awarded by Huazhong Agricultural university Model United Nations Association, 2013
7. Scholarship for Excellent Performance at Cambridge-Wuhan Development Seminar, awarded by China UK Development Centre, 2012