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Research and Development in Higher Education: Higher Education in a Globalized World Vol. 37

July, 2014, 352 pages
Published by
A. Kwan, E. Wong, T. Kwong, P. Lau & A. Goody

In this paper, we explore the perceptions of academic success by postgraduate international students in one of the research universities in Malaysia. Based on the findings from semi-structured interviews conducted with postgraduate international students and academic and professional staff members, the study finds that a clear understanding of academic success leads to the development of the insights and capabilities required for the that success. Academic success has generally been perceived through measurable indicators such as grades and time taken to complete a degree. However, the research participants’ perceptions of academic success went beyond the measurable indicators to include the development of soft skills such as networking, communication, teamwork, presentation, and writing, research skills, improvement of academic knowledge, contributions to home country or society, and exploration of international life. These positive international educational experiences do influence the development of the attributes and capabilities required of higher education graduates to excel in a globalized world.

Keywords: academic success; postgraduate international students; Malaysia 

How do we know what is academic success for international students?

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Singh, J. K. N., Jack, G. & Schapper, J.