Hans de Wit

Hans de Wit is Director of the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) at Boston College, USA, and professor of the practice in International Higher Education at the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education of the Lynch School of Education, Boston College.

He is the Founding Editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education’ (Association for Studies in International Education/SAGE), and Consulting Editor of the journal Policy Reviews in Higher Education(SRHE). He is Associate Editor of International Higher Education, Co-editor book series Global Perspectives in Higher Education (Sense Publishers) and SAGE Studies in Higher Education (SAGE), and Co-Editor of ESAL - Revista de Educación Superior en América Latina. Together with Laura Rumbley and Fiona Hunter he is the editor of the section Higher Education as a Global Reality, for International Encyclopedia of Higher Education (Springer).

He has been Director of the ‘Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation’ (CHEI) at the Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, and Professor of Internationalization of Higher Education at the Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences.

In 2014-2015 he was the leader of a study on internationalisation of higher education for the European Parliament, a joint project of CHEI in partnership with IAU and EAIE. He also was an advisor of the European Commission in the preparation of its communication ‘European Higher Education in the World’ of 2013. He was a consultant on ‘Advancing models of best practice in internationalization of higher education in Kazakhstan’ for the Graduate School of Education of Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan, 2014-2016, and of the PUC de Chile on its internationalization strategy (2016-2017). He was a Research Associate at the Unit for Higher Education Internationalisation in the Developing World at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 2012-2016. He was a member of the Editorial Board and Scientific Committee of the third edition of the Bologna Process Researchers’ conference, Bucharest, November 27-29, 2017.

Hans de Wit is founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE).

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Most Recent Articles

January 27, 2018
In a progressively more polarized world, a nuanced approach to internationalization is increasingly important and it should not be a debate about the numbers of programs taught in English, international students, or branch campuses.
November 20, 2016
Polls and the seemingly self-destructive nature of Trump’s campaign distracted many of us from another half of America’s population.
October 2, 2016
In the Netherlands and elsewhere, there is a trend to move from teaching in the local language to teaching in English. This increase is not welcomed by all.
June 14, 2016
International education in the U.S., as in Australia and Britain, has apparently become an industry, in which international marketing and recruitment is increasingly outsourced to commercial operators.
April 6, 2016
Internationalization should be much more than student recruitment to generate revenue.
January 17, 2016
Geography influences the results of the International Outlook Ranking more than an institution's strategic decisions.
November 22, 2015
Nearly one million (974,926) international students are studying in the U.S., an increase of 10% over last year, and 304.467 American students are going abroad. But some perspective on these data is required.  
October 25, 2015
For all students, international and national, to be successful, we should avoid seeing them as “cash cows,” but rather as motivated students in search of a quality education.
August 23, 2015
A study completed for the European Parliament identified 10 developments reflecting the increased interest of governments to internationalize higher education.
July 8, 2015
​One of the more controversial issues in internationalization is the dominance of English as language of instruction and the dissemination of scholarship.


February 26, 2017
Higher education in emerging and developing countries struggles between past colonial influences and current challenges as the sector defines its social role in an increasingly competitive environment.
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