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A comparison of social experiences between international PhD students and local PhD students in China

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A comparison of social experiences between international PhD students and local PhD students in China

  1. 1. A comparison of social experiences between international PhD students and local PhD students in China @JLMittelmeier Dr Kate Yue Zhang (American University of Paris) Dr Jenna Mittelmeier (University of Manchester) Prof Divya Jindal-Snape (University of Dundee) Prof Bart Rienties (Open University)
  2. 2. Half of doctoral students were found to experience psychological distress during their studies (Levecque, Anseel, De Beuckelaer, Van der Heyden, & Gisle, 2017) @JLMittelmeier
  3. 3. Social networks frequently identified as key supports for doctoral students (Sala-Bubaré & Castelló, 2017; Janta et al., 2014; Stubb et al., 2011; Pyhältö, Vekkaila, & Keskinen, 2015) @JLMittelmeier@JLMittelmeier
  4. 4. Project aims RQ1: How do postgraduate students build social support networks with peers? RQ2: How do postgraduate students build social support networks with staff? RQ3: What is the role of social networks outside of the university context in supporting postgraduate students’ educational transitions? @JLMittelmeier@JLMittelmeier
  5. 5. 1) Longitudinal Reflective Diaries (31 Participants) 2) Social Network Analysis (28 Participants) 3) Interviews (21 Participants) https://strideresearch.wordpress.com/ @JLMittelmeier Blog Essays (17 Participants)
  6. 6. A comparison of social experiences between international PhD students and local PhD students in China @JLMittelmeier Dr Kate Yue Zhang (American University of Paris) Dr Jenna Mittelmeier (University of Manchester) Prof Divya Jindal-Snape (University of Dundee) Prof Bart Rienties (Open University)
  7. 7. Sample size: 8 international students, 8 Chinese students, to be continued Methodology: semi-structured interviews Origins of International PhD students: mainly from Belt and Road countries -- Selective processes -- Chinese government scholarship -- Demographic profiles
  8. 8. Communication barriers between international and local Ph.D students: -- Segmentation of classes -- Separate dormitory areas -- Differing social and work patterns -- Language barriers -- Cultural differences
  9. 9. All Chinese local participants noted attending seminars organised by the university and working with peers to discuss their work. In contrast, the international students expressed their frustration as these events were usually only in Chinese language. Support groups tended to be self-organised among small groups of doctoral students at their own volition. For the Chinese participants, this was almost exclusively with students who had the same supervisor. I organized a small workshop in methodology and invited a few postgraduate students who have the same supervisor as me. (Interviewee 1, male, domestic Chinese citizen)
  10. 10. The international student participants tended to more frequently spend time with peers from the same country or region, regardless of who their supervisor was. Some Pakistani PhD students arrange a session of research for discussion about new ideas, trends, tools, methods, software’s [sic] and techniques on a daily basis. So, mostly Pakistani students and some other's [sic] nationality students participate in this session to engage and communicate socially with each other. (Interviewee 2, male, international student)
  11. 11. We have our community of people from my own country. It is a mixed blessing. It is good to be in that community, but you don’t come out of your comfort zone… I hope they could organize different activities with Chinese students. If it would be a mix of Chinese and international students, we could meet more Chinese students. (Interviewee 3, male, international student) If you see a person from your own country, with the same language, it feels much easier. I speak little Chinese; I like meeting new people and language is something you definitely need for communication. (Interviewee 4, male, international students)
  12. 12. A comparison of social experiences between international PhD students and local PhD students in China @JLMittelmeier Dr Kate Yue Zhang (American University of Paris) Dr Jenna Mittelmeier (University of Manchester) Prof Divya Jindal-Snape (University of Dundee) Prof Bart Rienties (Open University)

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