Teaching, Learning, and Management

International Student in China During the COVID-19 Pandemic





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The COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges to the management, teaching, and learning in Chinese international education. This special issue focuses on national policies on international student education, institutional risk-management strategies, quality assurance practices, online teaching pedagogy, international student engagement, and factors affecting their satisfaction. We hope that the discussions in this special issue will allow us to share the lessons that we have learned during this crisis, promote international cooperation to cope with common challenges, and support the sustainable development and transformation of international education in China and worldwide in the post-COVID era.

Author Biographies

Guangrui Wen

GUANGRUI WEN, PhD, is a Full Professor of the School of Mechanical Engineering and the Dean of the School of International Education at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. His research interests include international student education and management. He has authored two books and over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles. Email: grwen@mail.xjtu.edu.cn

Mei Tian

MEI TIAN (corresponding author) is a professor in the School of Foreign Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. Her current research interests include international student experiences in China. Her recent publications include academic experiences of international students in Chinese higher education (London: Routledge). Email: temmytian@mail.xjtu.edu.cn 



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How to Cite

Wen, G., & Tian, M. (2022). Teaching, Learning, and Management: International Student in China During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of International Students, 12(S1), 1–7. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v12iS1.4604