Researchers: Dr. Koh Sin Yee (Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia) & Dr. Sin I Lin (independent researcher)
This academic research investigates the working and living experiences of academic expatriates in Malaysia. The research procedures have been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC). This project is funded by the School of Arts and Social Sciences Internal Research Grant.
We are currently seeking interview respondents for Phase 2 of this project.
Am I eligible to participate?
We are looking for participants who fit EITHER of the following descriptions:
- Non-Malaysian academic expatriate who is currently working in a tertiary institution (including international branch campus of a foreign university) in Kuala Lumpur or Selangor; OR
- Non-Malaysian academic expatriate who is currently working in an international school in Kuala Lumpur or Selangor.
Academic expatriate = academic staff (including faculty member, teaching staff, international school teacher), staff in managerial and professional roles
If you are not an academic expatriate but your spouse/partner is, we would be interested in speaking to you too.
What does participation entail?
You will be asked to participate in a private interview, conducted by either one or both of the researchers, and at a time and a location convenient to you. The interview should normally take 45 minutes to an hour although this can be shorter to suit your availability.
Where possible, the interview will be conducted face-to-face in a quiet setting. If this is not possible or if you prefer otherwise, we could conduct the interview via tele- or video-conference (e.g. Skype, Facetime, Zoom, etc.).
During the interview, you will be asked to talk about your experiences and opinions around these broad themes:
- Motivations for relocating to Malaysia and working in Malaysian education sector
- Experiences working as an academic expatriate in Malaysia
- Experiences living in Malaysia as a foreigner or foreign spouse
- Comparisons to experiences as academic expatriates elsewhere
There are no right or wrong answers, as we would like to hear your views, opinions, insights, and experiences. You are encouraged to elaborate as much as possible, and to give examples.
Why should I participate?
You will have the opportunity to share and reflect upon your migration/expatriation experiences. Your input is valuable and will contribute towards a better understanding of the academic expatriate community (and communities) in Malaysia. Importantly, the findings will help identify issues and ways forward to enhance the integration and well-being of academic expatriates. As a whole, the findings have important implications for educational reforms and foreign talent recruitment in Malaysia.
How will the data be used?
Findings from this project may be shared or disseminated through research seminars and conference presentations (public or closed) and/or academic publications (e.g. journal articles, books, book chapters, working papers, conference papers). We will share any publications and summarised data with you upon request.
What about confidentiality?
We will ensure confidentiality by anonymising your name and institution (e.g. by using pseudonyms and/or codes). We will make sure that identifying information is removed from our fieldwork notes, transcripts, publications and other relevant files and outputs.
Sounds great. I am interested!
Please fill up this contact form to arrange for an interview, or if you have any questions.
I can’t participate. How can I help?
Please forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested in participating in this research. Thank you!