Zhenan Tong



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Education
Department: Graduate School of Education

Zhenan Tong (PhD Exeter, MEd Exeter, MA SOAS, BSc Hons Plymouth) 

I have recently completed my doctoral research and defense at the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter.

My PhD thesis is titled: Implementing the Rabat Commitment: The Development of Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC) as a Pedagogical Framework in a Chinese Educational Context.

Although born in Shanghai, China, I spent my formative years in Israel, the Balkans, Cyprus, and Lebanon. Growing up in these diverse countries and regions has instilled in me an enduring appreciation and recognition of the necessity of intercultural education, and the need for intercultural competences in order to foster dialogue and understanding between peoples of different cultures and nationalities.

This belief is reflected in my commitment to my PhD research and all academic and professional endeavors within and beyond the realm of education and my own research field.