Chinese Engineering students going home - a case study

Chinese Engineering students going home - a case study

26 Mar 2019 15:00 15:20

26-March-2019 / Tuesday / 15:00 - 15:20


There is limited research relating to the employment outcomes of international graduates from both Australian onshore and offshore higher education programs over time and the perceptions of home country employers. In Australia, the engineering education system works closely with industry stakeholders to develop future engineers who are well prepared to take leading positions in the profession and in society. However, regardless of these ties, these relationships remain disharmonious and discrepancies in graduate and employment perspectives remain on the agenda. One significant aspect of learning abroad is to equip students with a level of education and knowledge empowering them to return and contribute to the economy or to in-demand fields in their home country. However, increasingly returnee graduates are discovering that they are no better off than their counterparts who choose to study at home. This pressurises Australian universities to stay ahead of the game and ensure that they are providing future engineers with the quality and relevant education to not only work in Australia, but in their home country and in the global labour market. This poster presentation will provide the study framework to explore the employment landscape of returnee Chinese Engineering graduates and the challenges faced when going home.



  1. Explore whether Australian universities are providing Chinese engineering graduates with the the skills and experiences that they require for productive employment when they return to China.
  2. Exploring the determinants of employability from the Chinese employer's perspective
  3. Exploring the determinants of employability from the student's perspective


Ms Yvette Baxter 
PhD candidate and Executive Support Officer,
International Griffith Sciences,
Griffith University,

I am responsible for international engagement and student recruitment for Griffith Sciences, Griffith University. I am also a part time PhD candidate undertaking research in the area of global mobility and employability under the auspices of the Department of International and Business and Asian Studies, Griffith Business School.