Understanding International Joint and Dual Degree Programs

Opportunities and Challenges during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic





comparative education, covid-19, education abroad, higher education, internationalization, student mobility, transnational education


This empirical article examines the policies, perspectives, and practices of building and developing cross-border and transnational higher education (TNHE) programs, with special attention given to the international joint and dual degree programs in North America and Asia. Specifically, this paper reviews the historical, political, and social dimensions of two international collaborative academic degree programs between the United States and Mainland China using Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Sun Yat-set University (SYSU) as the case study. Findings suggest that IUPUI’s most cited challenge with SYSU concerns alignment with general education requirements. On the other hand, SYSU’s biggest challenge with IUPUI concerns language and cultural differences. This article offers five recommendations for teacher-scholars, policymakers, and advanced practitioners interested in developing, designing, and implementing dual degree programs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Implications for future research on and applications and practices for TNHE programs are discussed.


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Author Biography

Roy Y. Chan, Lee University

Roy Y. Chan, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the Doctorae of Education (Ed.D.) program in Leadership and Professional Practice at Lee University. Previuosly, he served as Director of TRIO Student Support Services (SSS). In this role, Roy oversaw the day-to-day operations of the program and managed a budget of $1.3 million funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to this, Roy worked at Indiana University Bloomington in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA). He served as the Special Projects Coordinator in the IU 21st Century Scholars Program and coordinated the weekly communication and programming events for low-income, first-generation students (~3,000 scholars) who received the early commitment, first-dollar, Indiana 21st Century Promise Scholarship between 2016 and 2019. You can find Roy at http://www.royychan.com


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How to Cite

Chan, R. Y. (2021). Understanding International Joint and Dual Degree Programs: Opportunities and Challenges during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 13(5), 86–107. https://doi.org/10.32674/jcihe.v13i5.3690



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