Hans de Wit is professor and Director of the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) at Boston College, USA.
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. He is 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.
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 was in that year also a member of the Steering Committee of the project of the International Association of Universities (IAU) and UEFSCDI in Romania concerning internationalization of higher education in Romania. Ad he was a consultant on ‘Advancing models of best practice in internationalization of higher education Kazakhstan’ for the Graduate School of Education of Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan,.
In 2014, he was a special advisor to the Study Commissioned by the European Commission ‘The ERASMUS Impact Study: Effects of Mobility on the skills and Employability of Students and the Internationalization of Higher Education Institutions’. He was a member of the Scientific Committee and Editorial Board of the second edition of the Bologna Process Researchers' Conference in Bucharest, on 24-26 November 2014. He also was an advisor of the European commission in the preparation of its communication ‘European Higher Education in the World’ in 2013.
He is the Founding Editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education (Association for Studies in International Education/SAGE publishers, member of the Editorial board of the journal Policy Reviews in higher Education, Associate Editor of International higher Education, Co-editor book series ‘ Global Perspectives in Higher Education, Sense Publishers; and member of the International Editorial board of International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education.
He has been Director of the Office of Foreign Relations, Vice-President for International Affairs and Senior Advisor International at the University of Amsterdam, in the period 1986-2005, and director of international relations at Tilburg University in 1981-1985. He was assistant professor in Latin American Studies at Utrecht University, 1979-1981.
He has a bachelor, master and PhD from the University of Amsterdam.
Hans de Wit is founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE).
He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of World Education Services (New York), and Member of the Internationalisation Advisory Boards of Stenden University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands, the University of Göttingen in Germany and the Universidad Cooperative de Colombia in Medellin.
He has received several awards for his contribution to the field of international education: EAIE (1999 and 2008), NAFSA (2002), CIEE (2004 and 2006), University of Amsterdam (2006), AIEA (2006 and 2013) and AMPEI (2014).
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Laura E. Rumbley has served as Associate Director of the Boston College Center for International Higher Education since 2012, and as Assistant Professor of the Practice within the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education since 2016. She was previously Deputy Director of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), a Brussels-based think tank focused on issues of internationalization and innovation in European higher education. Laura began her career in international education as an an administrator international student advisor at Boston University, later going on to complete her doctoral studies in higher education administration at Boston College, with a dissertation focused on internationalization in the universities of Spain.
Laura has (co)authored and (co)edited a number of publications, including the foundational document for the 2009 UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education, Trends in Global Higher Education: Tracking an Academic Revolution; a series of International Briefs for Higher Education Leaders (co-published by CIHE and the American Council on Education); and several books born out of a collaboration between CIHE and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, which provide comparative perspectives on a range of subjects affecting the academic profession (such as inbreeding and the experiences of young faculty and internationally mobile faculty) and global phenomena affecting universities (such as the global university rankings).
A former US Foreign Service Officer, Laura currently serves Co-Editor for the Journal of Studies in International Education. She is Chair of the Publications Committee for the European Association for International Education, where she also serves as editor of the the EAIE's member magazine, Forum.
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Philip G. Altbach is Research Professor and founding director of the Center for International Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. From 1995 to 2013, he was the J. Donald Monan, SJ University Professor at Boston College. He was the 2004-2006 Distinguished Scholar Leader for the New Century Scholars initiative of the Fulbright program. He has been a senior associate of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and served as editor of the Review of Higher Education, Comparative Education Review, and as an editor of Educational Policy.
He is author of Turmoil and Transition: The International Imperative in Higher Education, Comparative Higher Education, Student Politics in America, and other books. He co-edited the International Handbook of Higher Education. His most recent books are (with Jamil Salmi) The Road to Academic Excellence: The Making of World-Class Research Universities, Leadership for World-Class Universities: Challenges for Developing Countries, and (with Jorge Balan) World Class Worldwide: Transforming Research Universities in Asia and Latin America.
Dr. Altbach holds the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D degrees from the University of Chicago. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the State University of New York at Buffalo, and was a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer on education at Harvard University. He is chairperson of the International Advisory Council of the Graduate School of Education at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a member of the Interntional Advisory Committee of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, and is a Guest Professor at the Institute of Higher Education at Peking University in the Peoples Republic of China,
He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, the Institut de Sciences Politique in Paris, and at the University of Bombay in India. Dr. Altbach has been a Fulbright scholar in India, and in Malaysia and Singapore. He has had awards from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), has been Onwell Fellow at the University of Hong Kong, and a senior scholar of the Taiwan Government.
"At the Forefront of International Higher Education"--A symposium to honor the career of Philip G. Altbach. April 5th, 2013 (Program_PDF) (Photos)
Articles on the symposium
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- University World News
- Times Higher Education
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AERA Roundup: Philip G. Altbach was selected as American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellows
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In her 24th year of service to Boston College, Salina Kopellas is the staff assistant to the director of the Center for International Higher Education. She manages the Center’s grants and database, and facilitates the editing and dissemination of International Higher Education. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as the administrative secretary to the dean of the Lynch School of Education.
Edward Choi is a Research Assistant at the Center for International Higher Education and a doctoral student at the Boston College Higher Education program. His research interests include organization and administration of higher education, family-owned institutions and, broadly, internationalization of higher education. Before moving to Boston, Edward received a master degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dara Melnyk is a Research Assistant at the Center for International Higher Education, a Research Assistant to Professor Ted Youn and a doctoral student at the Boston College Higher Education program. Dara’s research and professional interests fall under the umbrella of university transformation and include such topics as organizational change and change management in higher education, university models, and the role of external experts in university transformation. She has a BA from The National University of Ostroh Academy and an MA from St. Petersburg State University. Dara's work experience includes taking part in strategy sessions for the top management of Russian universities as an expert and preparing recommendations for the Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation. Dara is also the curator of the Leading Edge University Lecture Series (the joint project of the 5-100 Academic Excellence Initiative Council, Governor of the Tyumen Region, and the Rectors Council of the Tyumen Region, Russia) and the Head of the Research Group at SKOLKOVO Education Development Centre (Moscow, Russia).
Kelber Tozini is a Graduate Assistant at the Center for International Higher Education and a masters student at Boston College's International Higher Education program. He also works as a Graduate Staff Assistant at the Office of Residential Life at BC. He spent more than ten years teaching English as a second language before becoming the Head of EducationUSA Porto Alegre, where he worked for three years. He holds a bachelor's degree in English Language Teaching from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) in addition to a BBA and a Master of Science in Administration from Universidade do Vale do Rio do Sinos (Brazil). His research interests include national internationalization policies in higher education, marketing in higher education, university networks and evaluation of internationalization at home strategies.
Lisa Unangst is a Research Assistant at the Center for International Higher Education and doctoral candidate in the Boston College Higher Education program. Her research interests include access to higher education for immigrant and refugee populations in Germany and the United States, the intersections of cultural capital and educational outcomes, and civil society interventions supporting migrant groups. Lisa worked previously in higher education at Harvard University, Cal State East Bay, and the California Institute of Technology. She earned a master's degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor's degree from Smith College in American Studies. Lisa was also the recipient of a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) post-graduate fellowship from 2003-2004.
Ayenachew Aseffa Woldegiyorgis is a research assistant and doctoral student of higher education at the Center for International Higher Education, Boston College. His research interest covers internationalization of higher education in developing countries, academic and research partnerships, and the developmental role of higher education institutions. Having his BA degree in Business Management from Jimma University, in Ethiopia, Ayenachew also has MA in Public Administration from Addis Ababa University and MSc in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (from the Erasmus Mundus program of Danube University Krems, University of Tampere, Beijing Normal University and University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück). Before joining CIHE, has worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Washington DC, and underwent an internship at the Finnish Center for International Mobility, in Helsinki. Back in Ethiopia he held teaching positions at Unity University and Addis Ababa University and was a frequent commentator on issues of higher education on a national newspaper, The Reporter.
Agustian Sutrisno is a lecturer at Atma Jaya Catholic University in Jakarta. He is concurrently a Consultant for Australia Awards in Indonesia. He was awarded the Prime-Minister’s Endeavour Australia-Asia Postgraduate Scholarship to undertake his PhD at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Dr Sutrisno won the 2014 QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award and the 2015 Outstanding Post-Graduate Thesis Award from the International Education Association of Australia. Prior to his PhD studies, he was the National Program Officer for Governance at the Jakarta Bureau of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Policy Adviser (Education and Training) at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. Dr Sutrisno completed his master’s degree from the University of New South Wales. He was the best graduate of the University of Indonesia in 2003, where he completed his BA. His research interests include knowledge transfer, higher education management, and transnational education.
Rebecca Schendel is Lecturer in Education and International Development at the UCL Institute of Education. Her research focuses on the relationship between higher education and human development in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular emphasis on pedagogy, faculty development, student learning and processes of institutional change. She is currently co-Principal Investigator of the Pedagogies for Critical Thinking project, which is examining the impact of recent pedagogical reforms on student critical thinking ability in Kenya, Ghana and Botswana, and is also contributing to a UCL-IOE Centre for Global Higher Education project focused on student experiences of higher education in South Africa.
Prior to assuming her position at UCL, Rebecca worked as the Director of Programs at Orphans of Rwanda, a university scholarship program based in Kigali. She has also worked in the Study Abroad Office at the University of Maryland-College Park and at the Institute of International Education in Washington, DC. A Massachusetts native, Rebecca holds a BA in African History from Brown University, an MEd in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a PhD from the Institute of Education.
Shengbing Li has been a professor of International Higher Education since 2001 and the director of South China Normal University(SCNU) Center of Higher Education Research in Guangzhou, China from 2012. He received his master degree from Beijing Normal University and his Ph.D. from the School of Education, Xiamen University. His dissertation discussed the historical change of postgraduate education patterns in the world. In 2000-2001, Shengbing served as a visiting scholar in SCO-Kohnstamm Institute at University of Amsterdam. In 2002- 2003, he was a visiting scholar in the Management Centre at University of Leister. He was previously Deputy Director of SCNU Academic Affairs Office（1999-2003）and Dean of International Educational College(2004-2012).
Shengbing focuses on international higher education, especially on international postgraduate education. At the moment, he is doing research on the Belt and Road Initiative higher education cooperation. He has (co)authored and (co)edited a number of publications, including Historical Change of Postgraduate Education Patterns (1997), Educational Models of Transnational Universities and Colleges(2010), Handbook for International Chinese Teachers and The Effective International Chinese Education. At CIHE，he focuses on the internationalization of Doctoral education between USA and China.
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Cecilia Adrogué is a postdoctoral scholar at the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET)-in San Andrés University- and Associate professor at Austral University in Argentina. She holds a PhD in Economics from San Andrés University, and has focused her studies in economics of education. At present she is working on the impact of the availability of public research funds on research at private universities, and on the determinants of drop-outs from high school and college.
Her publications include: Equality of educational opportunities at public primary schools in Argentina. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21 (81), 2013. Evolución y Perspectivas de la Educación en Argentina, su cobertura y su calidad. Cultura Económica (in press) special number on Education, written with María Eugenia Orlicki. Do in-school feeding programs have an impact on academic performance? The case of public schools in Argentina. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21(50) 2013; written with María Eugenia Orlicki. Implicit Assumptions when Measuring in Economics: The Human Development Index (HDI) as a Case Study. Cultura Económica Año XXVIII, No. 79 (2010: 33-42); written with Ricardo Crespo. Unemployment and private returns to higher education in Argentina (1974-2002). Ensayos de Política Económica, (Noviembre 2010: 32-53) Educa. Do Longer School Days Have Enduring Educational, Occupational, or Income Effects? A Natural Experiment in Buenos Aires, Argentina Economia, 10(1), Fall 2009: 1-39; written with Juan J. Llach and María E. Gigaglia. Comment by C. Orgales.
Hanife Akar is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She earned a B.A. in English Language Teaching from Anadolu University, and a Diploma for Overseas Teachers of English, RSA, Cambridge University, UK. Her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are in Curriculum and Instruction from Middle East Technical University. Akar attended an integrated doctoral program with a TUBA scholarship as a visiting research scholar at Stanford University, Graduate School of Education in the years 2002-2003. She became the assistant to Chair and Erasmus Coordinator between the years 2004 and 2008. And has been teaching various courses at graduate and undergraduate level since then, to name few are compulsory courses such as Research Methods in Education and Program Evaluation, and developed and taught elective graduate courses such as Teaching in Higher Education, and Education and Social Policy.
Akar has coordinated several nation-wide research on migration and equity and comparative international research on teachers’ morality and moral development. She has also been involved in various European Union Lifelong Learning projects as the national coordinator such as Active Citizenship education (ACT!), Climate-Friendly Management in European Schools (CLIMES), and DIALOGUE: Bridges between Researchers and Practitioners in ULLL.
Akar’s research focuses on internationalization of higher education, education policy and equity mainly. She is Turkish-Dutch bilingual, speaks English fluently, and has a good commend of German.
Fawziah Albakr is a professor of Sociology of Education in the Educational Policy department, women's section at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She received her masters degree from King Saud University and her Ph.D. from the Institute of Education, University of London. Her thesis discussed the role of education in the mobility of Saudi women in the labor market. In 2002-2003, Fawziah served as a visiting scholar at Georgetown University where she carried out a project to explore the latest trends in the area of sociology of education, which lead to a book in Arabic. Because this book was viewed as a milestone in Arabic literature in the field, Fawziah is planning to write a second edition while at Boston College.
Fawziah’s major focus is on women, education and gender equality that is reflected in her papers presented in conferences around the world. Fawziah is known for her activism in children's and women's rights in Saudi Arabia. In 2013, she was nominated by Newsweek as one of the 125 women of impact in the world.
Her published work (some of her publications in Arabic journals) includes: The Elusiveness of Teacher Quality: a Comparative Analysis of Teacher Certification and Student Achievement in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries in Prospects co-written with Dr. Alix Wiseman. She is about to publish a paper entitled: Empowered but not equal: the traditional gender roles as seen by university students in Saudi Arabia in English.
At the moment, Fawziah is the head of two research projects: one about women and sports in Saudi Arabia and the other one about the use of technology between female and male teachers at middle schools in Riyadh.
Armando Alcantara is profesor and researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones sobre la Universidad y la Educacion (IISUE) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He also teaches in UNAM’s graduate program in Pedagogy, and is member of the Seminar on Higher Education in the same university.
He was visiting scholar at the Center, from September 2000 to April 2001, and undertook a study of science and technology in universities of developing countries that was published in Spanish in Revista de la Educacion Superior (Vol. XXXi (123): 91-109).
His research interests are in higher education policy, the impact of globalization on educational policies, and comparative higher education.
Suaad F. Al-Harthi
Dr. Suaad Fahad Al-Harthi is one of the distinguished women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She works at Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University (PNU) in Riyadh in Education College. She is a visiting scholar at the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College (2010/11). She finished her higher education yielding her M.A. in Administrative and Educational Planning from King Saud University in Riyadh, and her thesis was titled: “A Comparative Analysis of Daily Work of the Schools Principals in Private and Public Girls Schools in each of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.” As for her Ph.D., she got it in the Education Philosophy, Educational Administration from the Female Education College in Riyadh, and the dissertation was: A Proposed Model for Cost Reduction in the Education Females Colleges Using Business Process Re engineering Methodology.
She has an extensive experience in directing and supervising the progress of Saudi Arabia’s 15 Female Community Colleges from 2004-2007. She has presented scientific papers at national and international academic meetings: "Indicators of strategic planning in the faculties of girls in Saudi universities: the view of faculty members Higher Education” at Taibah University; "Educational Initiative for the Development of Girls in Rural Communities” at Dubai, United Arab Emirates; “Virtual Systems in Education and Training” at Saudi Management Association; "The Vision of the Future of Educational Institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” at Abha tourism forum; and "Business Process Reengineering in Higher Education, Higher Education: Visions of the Future“ at Arab Thought Foundation, Beirut. She has also published two books about Education in Arabic Language: "A primary school in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (concept, functions, problems)” in 2006 by Alrushd, and “Business Process Reengineering in Organizations of Higher Education” in 2005 by the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States.
Cibele Yahn de Andrade
Cibele Yahn de Andrade is a researcher at the Center for Research in Public Policy at Unicamp since 1986. She graduated in Social Sciences at the University of São Paulo (USP) in 1978, with a specialization in History (1982) at Unicamp. Cibele attended to various courses in Urban Planning and Public Policies for Education. She worked as assistant at the Secretary of Planning of the Mayor of Campinas.
Cibele was the coordinator at Unicamp of the Regional Workshop for Education in Latin America and Caribe (OREAL/UNESCO) and of the regional Network for Educational Innovation (Red Innovemos). She is a deputy representative of the University of Campinas in the steering committee for Office of the Ombudsman at the Mayor’s Office in Campinas.
Her research interests are in the field of public policies for education, especially in studies related to the policies that affect the profile of supply and demand for higher education in Brazil.
Gladys Beatriz Barreyro
Gladys Beatriz Barreyro is a scholar at the University of São Paulo in Brazil where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in educational policy. She received her Ph.D. in education at the University of São Paulo; her M.A in Social Sciences at FLACSO, Argentina; and her B.A at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research interests include higher education policy, especially accreditation and internationalization. Gladys’ latest research is about the Mercosur Accreditation system, the Brazilian evaluation of higher education, and Brazilian higher education policies. During her time at Boston College, she is working on a project titled Quality in Internationalization of Higher Education: Perspectives on Accreditation, with the support of the CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education in Brazil. Gladys has published several books, chapters, and peer-reviewed articles including Mapa do Ensino Superior Privado (2008, Brazil), Policies for Evaluation and Regulation of Higher Education in Brazil (1995-2010), “Supporting the Expansion of Private Higher Education” (2014, Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, England, with J. C. Rothen &. A. Santana), and La Inclusión en la Educación Superior Latinoamericana: Las Nuevas Instituciones Públicas del Estado de San Pablo, Nuevos Campi, Viejas Desigualdades ? (2011, Argentina, with A. Aureliano).
Szilvia Barta graduated as a philologist and teacher of English language and literature – pedagogy in 2009 from the University of Debrecen, Hungary and received state-funded grant as a full-time Phd student 2009-2011. She got her final certificate in the Education Studies PhD program at the University of Debrecen in 2012, and was appointed as an asssitant lecturer at the Institute of Education Studies there in the same year. She has taught various courses in the Pedagogy, Sociology, and Social Work bachelor, and Education Studies, Sociology and Social Policy master programs besides some introductory courses in teacher training modules.
She is the secretary and member of the Hungarian Educational Research Association, and a Fulbright visiting student researcher at Boston College January-July, 2013. Prior to this, she was research coordinator and research fellow in various research projects conducted by the Center for Higher Education Research and Development at the University of Debrecen.
She is interested in academic ethics, academic misconduct, academic integrity, learning and teaching norms and attitudes in higher education, most recently, she has started to focus on teacher education students.
Jos Beelen is researcher and consultant on internationalisation of the curriculum at the Centre for Applied Research into Economics and Management at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He is also Honorary Research Fellow at Coventry University. In addition, he is chair of the Special Interest Group Internationalisation at Home of the European Association for International Education (EAIE). Jos is a certified senior trainer for EAIE. He has facilitated workshops and coached academic staff in internationalising academic programmes at universities in The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Colombia, Brazil, South Africa and Australia. He was the editor EAIE’s ‘toolkit’ Implementing Internationalisation at Home (2007) and has since written a range of articles on the same topic, often co-authored with researchers from Europe and Australia. Jos is currently doing research into the internationalisation of learning outcomes in academic programmes, focusing on developing the skills of academic staff that enable them to assume ownership of curriculum internationalisation.
Charles Beirne, SJ
Fr. Beirne served as principal of Colegio San Ignacio in Puerto Rico and Regis High School in NYC. After appointments as associate dean of the Georgetown Business School and academic vice president at Santa Clara, he went to the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) of El Salvador in 1990 to replace the academic vice president who had been assassinated. Before becoming President of Le Moyne College in Syracuse in 2000, Fr. Beirne also served as academic vice president of the Jesuit University in Guatemala (Universidad Rafael Landivar). At the request of the Jesuit superior general he later worked as a consultant for the Jesuits of Africa to establish the first Jesuit universities on that continent.
Andrés Bernasconi is associate professor of higher education and the School of Education of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, where he is also head of the higher education program at the Center for Research on Educational Policy and Practice. In his career as an administrator, he has served as institutional researcher, dean, vice-president for research, and provost. A lawyer by training, he holds a Master of Public Policy (Harvard University) and a PhD in Sociology of Organizations (Boston University). His research is international comparative in scope and focuses on the academic profession, regulatory issues, and university leadership.
Ivar Bleiklie is professor of political science in the department of administration and organization theory, University of Bergen, Norway. He currently directs the ESF-funded project Transformation of Universities in Europe. He has published numerous books and articles on higher education policy and organisational change in the higher education.
Among his publications are University Governance: Western European Comparative Perspectives (2009), Dordrecht: Springer (ed. with C. Paradeise, E. Reale & E. Ferlie); From Governance to Identity (2008), Dordrecht: Springer (ed. with Alberto Amaral and Christine Musselin); Transforming Higher Education. A Comparative Study (2nd edition) (2006), Dordrecht: Springer (ed. with M. Kogan, M. Bauer, & M. Henkel); Governing Knowledge: A Study of Continuity and Change in Higher Education (2005), Dordrecht: Springer (ed. with Mary Henkel); and Policy and Practice in Higher Education: Reforming Norwegian Universities (2000), London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley (with R. Høstaker & A. Vabø).
Corinne Bossé is a PhD Fellow at Maastricht University’s Graduate School of Governance in the Netherlands. Her doctoral research examines the dynamics of higher education development and diaspora engagement in the post-disaster/fragility context of Haiti. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Practitioner Research from the Institute of Education, University of London, UK. She is a certified teacher who obtained a Bachelor of Education from McGill University, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature as well as earning a Masters of Arts in Educational Technology at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She possesses more than fifteen years of experience in teaching, designing, developing and managing a number of curriculum development projects using multidisciplinary approaches to facilitate and improve learning outcomes in K-12 and post-secondary sectors. Corinne is currently a Learning Designer at Athabasca University, Canada’s Open and Online University. Her portfolio consists in managing educational development projects. It includes planning, researching, evaluating and presenting on online teaching and learning strategies as well as design-based projects to assist faculty and inform course development policies and practices across the university. Her main academic areas of interests are in Higher Education, educational development, learning and instructional design, online teaching and learning, evaluation, cross-border education and diaspora knowledge networks.
Dr. Tingzhu Chen is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China. His research interests and areas are Theories of Higher Education and Higher Education Administration.
He has published two scholarly books: Higher Education in the Learning Society and The Ideal of University: the Value Orientation, standpoint and Limitation. He has published more than 20 scholarly academic research papers in leading higher education journals in China: Education Research, Higher Education Research, Higher Engineering Education Research and Comparative Education Research. He has conducted four national and provincial level research projects sponsored by the government. He has also been a consultant on "Higher Education Strategic Planning", for such universities as Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Civil Aviation University of China, and Qingdao University.
Daniela Craciun is a Yehuda Elkana Fellow at the Central European University (Hungary) where she is pursuing a PhD in the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations. Her teaching and research interests lie in the areas of methodology and higher education public policy, specifically internationalization and international student mobility. Daniela’s doctoral dissertation proposes the construction of a typology of national policies for internationalization in order to systematize knowledge about the process. Previously, she received a bachelor‘s degree in marketing and media from Canterbury Christ Church University (England) and a master’s degree in global studies from Leipzig University (Germany), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) and Wroclaw University (Poland).
Jan Currie from Australia is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Social and Community Research at Murdoch University and Adjunct Professor in Economics and Commerce at the University of Western Australia. She is currently working part-time as a Senior Policy Adviser in the Pay Equity Unit of the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection with the Western Australian State Government. She is also Chair of the Board of Management of the One World Centre that provides global education for teachers and pre-service education students.
She was a visiting scholar at the Center in 1998-99 and undertook a case study of Boston College that was included in the book Globalizing Practices and University Responses: European and Anglo-American Differences (Praeger, 2003).
Her research interests are in higher education policy, the impact of globalization on universities, academic freedom, research assessments and autonomy for universities, gender pay equity and the sociology of work.
Hans de Wit
Hans de Wit is Professor (Lector) of Internationalization of Higher Education at the School of Economics and Management of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences. He is also a private consultant, heading De Wit International Higher Education Consultancy. Dr. de Wit was the Founding Dean of Windesheim Honours College of the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Zwolle. He also previously served as the Director of the Hague Forum for Judicial Expertise of the Hague Academic Coalition, and senior policy advisor of the T.M.C. Asser Institute of the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Hans de Wit has been the Director of the Office of Foreign Relations, Vice-President for International Affairs and Senior Advisor International at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in the period 1986-2005.
Hans de Wit is a founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE). He is the Editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education, published by the Association for Studies in International Education and (as of 2001) by SAGE publishers. He was a New Century Scholar (NCS) of the Fulbright Program in the 2005-2006, participating in the cycle on "Higher Education in the 21st Century." Research conducted as a New Century Scholar resulted in the book The Dynamics of International Student Circulation in a Global Context, co-edited with four NCS colleagues from Asia and Africa and published in 2008 by SensePublishers.
Both in 1995 and 2006 he spent a semester as visiting scholar at Boston College, in 1995 at the Sociology Department and in 2006 at the Center for International Higher Education.
Maxim Demin is a senior lecturer at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Saint Petersburg branch). He studied at Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia and the Universities of Jena and Konstanz (Germany). His PhD thesis (2009) looked into the evolution of philosophy in German universities in the middle of the 19th century.
He was a Guest co-editor (with Alyssa DeBlasio –Dickinson College, USA) for the special issue of the Russian Journal of Communication (Routledge) entitled: “The Scholarly Journal as a Form of Communication”.
His academic interests include the institutional history of philosophical knowledge, as well as the rhetorical and medial aspects of knowledge production.
Bie Dunrong is a Professor in the School of Education at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. His research areas are Management of Higher Education, Theories of Higher Education, and Business and Management of Education. Dr. Bie is also an adjunct professor of Xiamen University, Fujian Agricultural University, Liaoning University of Science and Technology, Jinan University, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, China Three Gorges University and Zhaoqing College, acts as a standing member of Chinese Society of Higher Education Evaluation, a standing member of Chinese Society of Higher Education Management, a member and vice secretary general of Chinese Society of Higher Education Study. He has a wide range of international experience in a number of countries, such as France, U.S.A., Japan, Norway, and Austria, etc. He has published more than 20 books as author, editor, co-editor and translator, and published about 150 academic papers in Chinese, English and Japanese. He also acts as an adviser of university development and higher education policy. He has been invited to give lectures and taught courses in over 70 universities and colleges.
Armağan Erdoğan is an assistant professor at the Social Sciences University of Ankara (SSUA), Turkey. She is also the director of the Center for Higher Education Studies at SSUA. She received her M.A and Ph.D. degrees in English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick (United Kingdom). Apart from teaching and research activities as a faculty member, she worked both as the advisor at the Turkish Council of Higher Education (YÖK) and as the head of the International Unit, responsible for the national implementation of the Bologna Process, between the years 2008-2012. She also acted as the Bologna Follow-Up Group Representative (BFUG) for Turkey. Dr. Erdoğan’s research interests are internationalization of higher education, the Bologna Process and gender in higher education.
Professor Heather Eggins is currently Visiting Professor at the Institute for Access Studies, Staffordshire University, Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, UK, and a senior member of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. She was a Fulbright New Century Scholar 2005/2006 working on the topic of ‘Higher Education in the 21st Century: Global Challenge and National Response’. She was Editor of Higher Education Quarterly for the period Jan 2004- March 2007. Her last post was Director of the Society for Research into Higher Education. Her previous career spanned academic administration, working for the UK Council for National Academic Awards, editing – Editor for The University of Colorado at Boulder- and lecturing at various universities (Boulder, Colorado; Warwick; University of Ulster).
Her research interests lie generally in the area of policy and strategy in higher Education, with particular interest in access issues, and the impact of globalisation.
Adnan El-Amine is professor in the Faculty of Education at Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon. He holds a doctorate from the Sorbonne. He is a member of the UNESCO National Commissoon for Lebanon, and has been a member of the coordinating committee of the Arab Education Forum. He is editor of Quality Assurance in Arab Universities, Reform of General Education in the Arab Countries, and other books, and is author of numerous book chapters and articles in Arabic, English, and French. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Boston College in 2005.
Xiong Geng is an associate professor of Comparative Education at the Higher Education Institute in Nankai University, P.R.China. She earned her PhD from Beijing Normal University in 2006. She has taught several graduate and undergraduate courses: American Higher Education and Society, Curriculum and Instruction as well as Chinese Language and Culture for Foreign Students. Xiong Weng has published papers on various topics on higher education, such as educational associations, administration and management, general education curriculum, institutional accreditation. She also is the author of the book A Study on American Higher Education Associations (Intellectual Property Publishing House, Beijing, 2010). She translated The Sociology of Education (sixth Edition, authored by Jeanne H. Ballantine and Floyd M. Hammack) into Chinese with two other translators (Publishing House of the People’s University of China, 2012). She was the Principal Investigator of two research projects: A Comparative Study on University Governance, funded by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities and The Functions of Chinese Higher Education Associations, funded by the Ministry of Education, 2009-2012. Her present interests focus on faculty behaviors in the classroom, research integrity and student learning outcomes.
Dr. Tatevik Ghardibyan is a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow of the Fulbright Exchange Program (2016-2017). As a Fellow at Pennstate University, she is interested in University Industry Research collaborations, particularly with regard to investigating the U.S. Academia-Industry partnership models for improving university and industry collaboration in Armenia as a Post-Soviet country. She is also interested in the “brain-drain” phenomenon in relation to what kind of policies developing countries with scarce resources like Armenia can adopt to move from a “brain-drain” to a “brain-circulation” phase. She defended a thesis on Lacunary Approximations at the Yerevan State University in Armenia in 2002 and was awarded scientific degree of Doctor in Mathematics. From 2002 until 2014, she was a researcher at the Institute of Mathematics of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, and while pursuing this interest, she worked as an evaluation expert at the National Center of Academic Recognition and Mobility of Armenia (ArmENIC) and as a national correspondent for qualifications framework of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). She is also a senior higher education policy specialist at the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia (MoES) and responsible for reviewing regulatory framework; dealing with the issues regarding the national qualifications framework; developing a funding strategy for higher education financing; and developing good governance and transparency policies for higher education institutions, internationalization efforts, research and innovation. Her most recent appointment involves serving as a Higher Education Reform Expert at Erasmus+ Armenia and Armenian representative at the Bologna Follow-up Working Group on Implementation.
Xabier Gorostiaga, S.J., was born in Spain but spent his adult life working in Latin America, where he arrived in Cuba in 1958 and came to know Fidel Castro personally. He studied philosophy in Ecuador and Mexico, theology in the Basque Country of Spain, and economics at Cambridge in England. Father Gorostiaga was rector of the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua from 1991-1997. He served as an advisor to the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, and was also the chief advisor to the government of Panama during its negotiations with the United States over the Panama Canal. Father Gorostiaga was active in Latin American Jesuit affairs, at one time holding the position of executive secretary of the Association of Universities Entrusted to the Company of Jesus in Latin America (AUSJAL). He was also the director of the journal Pensamiento Propio, a bilingual publication dedicated to the analysis of socioeconomic issues across the Caribbean.
Gao Hang is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University (BNU), where his area of focus is education policy and law. He is currently working on the guarantee and restriction of academic power in universities from the perspective of modern governance, the reform of educational administrative law enforcement, and tort law. He has published in several Chinese academic journals, such as the Journal of Higher Education, Comparative Education Review, Journal of East China Normal University (Educational Sciences), etc. His publications include: Innovation of College Student Management in the Perspective of Law (2010); Special Groups Educational Equality and Compensatory Policy—The Institutional Insurance Embodied in Law Evolution of America (2010); Educational Equity: Conception Change, Development Dilemma and Its Interpretation—An Analysis Based on the System Evolution and Legal Thought (2010); An Administrative Analysis of Using the Teacher’s Discipline Right (2013); On the Arrangement of Punitive Damages in Tort Law (2013); Legal Effect of University Statutes and Its Realization (2014); On The Responsibility of Infringement Between Employees in the Individual Labor Relationship (2016); On the Regulation of the Academic Disposal Power of Colleges from the Aspect of Administrative Law (2016); and The Synergy of Educational Administrative Law Enforcement: Patterns, Shortages and Improving Measures—A Study Based on the Recent Reform Practices (2016).
Rudolf C. Heredia
Rudolf C. Heredia is a research fellow at the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, and editor of the Institute’s journal, Social Action. He completed his Licencitiate in philosophy (1967) and his Bachelors in theology (1973) from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeet, Pune, Maharastra. He has his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Chicago (1979), and was the founder director of the Social Science Centre, St. Xavier’s College Mumbai, 1980-1992 and director again in 1994-2003. In 1992-94 he was director, department of research, at the Indian Social Institute and edited the institute’s journal, Social Action, 1993-94. From 1998 – 2003 he was the rector of St. Xavier’s College. His interests include issues related to religion, education, globalisation At present he is working on affirmative action.
Some of his publications are: Voluntary Action and Development: Towards a Praxis for Non-Government Agencies, Concept, N. Delhi, 1988; Tribal Education for Community Development: A Study of Schooling in the Talasari Mission Area, ibid., 1992; Urban Housing and Voluntary Agencies: Case Studies in Bombay, Institute of Social Sciences, N. Delhi, 1989; Tribal Identity and Minority Status: The Katkari Nomads in Transition, 1994; The Family in a Changing World, and Secularism and Liberation: Perspectives and strategies for India Today, 1995, edited with Edward Mathias, Indian Social Institute, N. Delhi; Mobile and Marginalized Peoples: Perspectives from the Past, 2003, edited with Shereen F. Ratnagar, Manohar, N. Delhi; Changing Gods: Rethinking Conversion in India, Penguin, India, 2007.
Mauricio A. Horn is Adjunct Professor of ‘University Pedagogy’ at the National University of Luján (UNLU) in Argentina and has taught Sociology of Education at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) for more than a decade. He holds a B.A. in Educational Sciences from UBA and a Diploma for Elementary Teaching in Argentina. He earned his PhD from UBA in 2012 -magna cum laude- with a dissertation entitled “The relevancy of the research conducted at public universities (…)” that was supported by grants from both national science agencies in Argentina: CONICET and ANPCyT. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Boston College in 2010 where he framed his doctoral research in a global scene. The doctoral inquiries conducted by Horn resulted in several publications and presentations including ”Tensiones entre autonomía y pertinencia: una visión desde las autoridades académicas” in Unzué. M. (2013) and “Research Evaluation in Argentine Public Universities: Exploring Relevance Criteria” presented at the ASHE 2010 Conference.
Horn is also working as a consultant with several agencies including the Inter-University National Council of Argentina (CIN), the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE), and the National Ministry of Science and Technology of Argentina (MINCyT).
Horn’s research focuses on the social dimensions of knowledge and its interrelationships with higher education.
Elisabeth Hovdhaugen is a researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education in Oslo. She also teaches methodology at the University of Oslo and is currently working on a thesis on retention and dropout in Norwegian higher education. She will be spending the academic year 2008-2009 as a visiting scholar at the Center, and will mainly be working on articles on retention/dropout in Norwegian higher education. Travel grants from The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund and the Norwegian Research Council contributes to sponsoring her stay at the Center." Her research interest is mainly focused on students in higher education: retention, student engagement and effects of reforms on student behavior, but also quantitative methods and comparative higher education.
Simona Iftimescu is a visiting scholar from Romania, currently pursuing a PhD in Education at the University of Bucharest, where she also works as an assistant professor and researcher. Simona graduated with a double degree in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Bucharest (2009), a Master’s degree in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford (2011) and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Bucharest (2012). She also completed a one-year (2007-2008) undergraduate exchange program at Ithaca College, US, through an Open Society Institute scholarship.
Simona has worked in various sectors in Romania and abroad – from nongovernmental organizations, to public institutions, private companies and, most recently, with the Education and Research Department of the Romanian Presidency. Over the years, Simona has constantly collaborated with a number of NGOs, while working as an independent educational consultant, planning and developing educational projects. Simona has been a Country Champion of the Oxford Education Society (2014 - 2017), a member of the Global Shapers' Community and she is also an alumna of the Young Leaders Program, Aspen Institute Romania.
Ignacio Irarrázaval is Director of the Public Policy Center and Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Institute of Sociology, both at Catholic University of Chile. Between 2012 and 2015, he was President of the National Council of Education (CNED) of Chile. The CNED is part of the National System for Quality Assurance of Higher Education in charge of the licensing process of Higher Education Institutions. He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Social Policy from The London School of Economics. In past years he has been heavily involved in the discussion and analysis of policy and legislative initiatives about higher education in Chile, presenting testimonies at Senate and Deputies Chambers about Accreditation process for higher education, Quality assurance in higher education, Standards, minimum requirement for higher education institutions, the feasibility of creating new state universities, and Teachers compensation and incentive schemes. His research interest while visiting CIHE was about American higher education experience in public engagement, and more specifically about academic mechanisms and rewards for university public engagement. Most universities declare on their mission statement that they have a compromise to service the community and the public interest. However, academics have few incentives to undertake these tasks.
Dr. Kai Jiang is an associate professor and assistant dean at the Graduate School of Education, Peking University. He has published extensively on international higher education, Chinese higher education, and higher education theories. His current Fulbright visiting research project (2014-2015) is “An Empirical Study of Accountability of the Professoriate in the American Universities.”
Liu Jin is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education at Huazhong University of Sciene and Technology (HUST). He is a visiting scholar at the CIHE at Boston College in the spring and the summer of 2012 (January- June). Liu jin conducted research under Professor Hong Shen’s guidance on "Changing Academic Profession (CAP)," which is a 26 countries comparison program. His Ph.D dissertation focuses on faculty mobility in Chinese top universities. Besides academic profession, he is interested in another research area which is called "College Self-enrollment" in China; he has published more than 10 articles, most of them are about fairness and efficiency during the process of College Self-enrollment. He is also very active participant in public service activities, he has given several lectures about how to choose universities and colleges to the low-income students every year for free.
Manja Klemenčič is postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Educational Policy Studies (CEPS) at University of Ljubljana and a visiting scholar at the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College (2010/11). Her postdoctoral research broadly focuses on European higher education reform processes. In particular her research is on two topics. First, she is a team member in the CEPS research project 'Differentiation, Equity, Productivity: the social and economic consequences of expanded and differentiated higher education systems – internationalisation aspects' (DEP-08-EuroHESC-OP-016). The project explores how internationalisation affects modern, post-elite higher education systems in Southeast Europe, and in particular how it affects the relationships between differentiation, social equity, and performance of graduates in the world of work. Second, she works on student representation and participation in Europe resulting in a monograph ‘Student Representation in Europe since 1980s’ and a co-edited volume ‘Student Power in Europe’. Manja has completed PhD in International Studies at University of Cambridge in 2006. She held several research fellowships: at Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard (2007-2008), a Fulbright Fellowship at the Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School (2004-2005), and, in 2004, a UACES Fellowship at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. In 2011/12 she will be joining Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin as a visiting researcher. Between 1999 and 2001, she acted as Secretary-General of ESIB-The National Unions of Students in Europe (now European Students’ Union).
Jane Knight from Canada focuses her research on the international dimension of higher education at the institutional, system, national and international levels. She was a visiting scholar at CIHE in the fall of 2007 as part of the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program and studied the risks and benefits of crossborder education as a way to increase access and equity.
She is the author/editor of many publications on internationalisation concepts and strategies, quality assurance, institutional management, mobility, cross-border education, the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), and capacity building. In the last ten years she has been part of four regional studies and publications on internationalization of higher education in Europe/North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa. Dr Knight has been the principle researcher and author of several national and international survey projects on internationalization including the worldwide surveys conducted by the International Association of Universities. Her most recent book is Higher Education in Turmoil: The Changing World of Internationalization (2008). She is an adjunct professor at the Comparative, International, and Development Education Centre at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
Daniel Kontowski is an early stage researcher in higher education and a PhD. candidate at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. His research interests focus on of liberal education institutions: their curriculum design, multi-level governance, historical and contemporary discourses as well as the limitations of their international comparability. Daniel’s ambition is to trace the values behind liberal education initiatives and reconsider their role in contemporary higher education – and he aims to achieve that by scrutinizing the ambiguous case of European liberal arts-related programs that were founded after 1989.
At CIHE Daniel is working on his thesis on the idea and social aspects of liberal education initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe, employing a comparative perspective based on research visits to colleges in the US, the Netherlands, Russia and Poland. The research is sponsored within Diamond Grant framework, governmental grants for outstanding Polish graduate students (2012-2016).
Daniel is an alumnus of College for Individual Interdepartmental Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (MISH UW), where he earned his BA in sociology (2010), artes liberales (2011), and subsequently MA in sociology (2013), all with highest honors. More info, articles and blog posts can be accessed through www.kontowski.com
Ulla Kriebernegg works as an Assistant Professor for the Center of the Study of the Americas at Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria. She studied English and American Studies and German Philology at Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria and at University College Dublin, Ireland. In her Master thesis, she worked on the Canadian author Margaret Atwood. She is currently doing her PhD (dissertation topic: "Transatlantic Relationships in Higher Education: An Analysis of Cultural Narratives"). She teaches Cultural Studies at the Department of American Studies at the University of Graz. Her research interests are American literary and cultural studies, intercultural studies, transatlantic relationships in higher education and the impact of the Bologna Process.
Melissa Laufer is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent at Ghent University (Belgium). In her research, she focuses on strategic and cultural aspects of the internationalization of higher education; in particular she is interested in the interplay between the internationalization process and university cultures, legitimacy building and storytelling. Previously, Melissa completed a Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication and European Studies at the Fulda University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and her undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon (United States), where she received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, German and Anthropology. She has also worked in international offices and student mobility organizations in the United States and Germany.
Molly N.N. Lee
Dr. Molly N.N. Lee is the Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Programme for Development and Programme Specialist in Higher Education at UNESCO Asia and the Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok. Prior to joining UNESCO Bangkok, she has been a Professor of Education in University of Science, Malaysia, in Penang. Her research interests are higher education, teacher education, ICT in education and education for sustainable development.
Her publications are on higher education include: “Restructuring Higher Education in Malaysia”, “Private Higher Education in Malaysia”, “Malaysian Universities: Towards Equality, Accessibility, Quality”, “The Corporatisation of a Public University: Influence of Market Forces and State Control”and “Global Trends, National Policies and Institutional Responses: Restructuring Higher Education”.
Dr. Shaheen Motala-Timol is currently a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow under the Fulbright Exchange Activity. She spent the last academic year at Pennsylvania State University, where she explored different aspects of Higher Education in the US, as well as globalization and lifelong learning. She also researched how Penn State uses active learning techniques, and leverages space, open educational resources, and technology to enhance students’ experience.
Dr. Motala-Timol joined the Tertiary Education Commission, the regulatory body for higher education in Mauritius, in 2009. As a quality assurance officer, her responsibilities include the application of the regulatory framework, policy development, and strategic planning.
Dr Motala-Timol earned a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Mauritius in 2006 and was active in her field for several years. She pursues her scientific interest by engaging in outreach activities of the Global Young Academy and as a consultant for government agencies. She has a qualification in designing and facilitating e-Learning from the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Sustainable Development Practices in Public Policy, TERI University, India, under the aegis of the United Nations University.
Internationalization of higher education is one of her main interests, which she approaches from a multi-disciplinary perspective. She serves as an external reviewer for both the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority and the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.
Her current research addresses the challenges and opportunities of cross-border higher education, and how these shape education policies in developing countries, especially for those aspiring to become ‘knowledge hubs’. Her future work includes studying the effect of different internationalization policies on the provision of quality education in the African continent.
Liudvika Leišyte holds a PhD degree from the University of Twente, where she defended her dissertation on University Governance and Academic Research in 2007. Prior to coming to CHEPS in 2003, she was a research student at Nottingham University, Faculty of Education. Liudvika obtained the MPhil degree in International and Comparative Education from the University of Oslo in 2002 and holds a post-graduate Diploma in International Business and a BA degree in Linguistics from Vilnius University. Her work experience includes, but is not limited to teaching and participating in the project work at Twente, Oslo and Vilnius Universities, being an educational advisor for Soros Foundation, and working as a protocol specialist at the Ministry of Economy in Lithuania.
Her research interests include European higher education governance and management, comparative and international education, university-industry collaboration. While visiting Boston College in particular she is interested in furthering her research and teaching in comparative and international higher education.
Daniel Lincoln is a higher education researcher and publications editor; most recently he was adjunct assistant professor at the Center for International Education, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Prior to this he was a programme specialist in UNESCO’s European Centre for Higher Education in Bucharest, Romania, and before that a lecturer and project coordinator at the University of Queensland’s Graduate School of Education in Brisbane, Australia.
Dr. Lincoln is editor of European Journal of Higher Education, and special issues editor of Studies in Higher Education, both published by Routledge UK. He has been a Fulbright Fellow (2000), Salzburg Seminar Fellow (1997), and Chicago Business Fellow (1993). Born in France and raised in West Africa, he received a BA in modern history from Pomona College (1995), and MSc and DPhil degrees in educational studies from St. Antony’s College, Oxford (2002).
Zhao Liu is a Ph.D. candidate from the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at Peking University (PKU), China. He was a visiting scholar at the CIHE at Boston College in the spring and the summer of 2015 (April - June). His research areas are economics of education and educational finance. He has been interested in the non-cognitive development of college students,and his dissertation title is "The Relationships between Non-cognitive Factors and the Outcomes of and Returns to Higher Education.” He was a major participant in the College Student Survey of Chinese Science Education (2014), and also one of the major participants in the Monitoring Project of the Development of College Students in Beijing (2012,2013), both implemented by GSE, PKU. He has several related articles to be published in 2015.
Patrick McGreevy serves as professor in the Department of History and Archaeology at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He previously served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at AUB from 2009-2016 and as founding director of the Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at AUB from 2004-2009. He received a PhD in geography from the University of Minnesota, an MA in geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a BA in liberal studies from the University of Notre Dame. He has held positions at Boston University, Clarion University and the University of Debrecen (Hungary). His research and writing focus on university studies, American higher education in the Arab region, and landscape and nationalism in 19th-century United States and Canada. He is the author of Imagining Niagara: Meaning and the Making of Niagara Falls (University of Massachusetts Press, 1994) and Stairway to Empire: Lockport, the Erie Canal, and the Shaping of America (SUNY Press, 2009), as well as many articles in journals and edited volumes.
Kazuhito C Obara is Assistant Professor at Tamagawa University Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan. He received B.A. in Educational Psychology and M.A. in Higher Education from Boston College in 2001 and 2002, and Ph.D. in Social Science and Comparative Education from University of California, Los Angeles in 2005. His dissertation title was: University Leadership in the Second-Tier Private Universities in Japan. From the eyes of comparative higher education in the U.S. and Japan, he focuses on such areas as: university governance, management and leadership, university quality assurance and accreditation, and institutional research (IR).
Arevik Ohanyan has been a visiting scholar at the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College courtesy of the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP), a program established by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the American Councils for International Education. She holds an MBA degree from the American University in Armenia. She is a junior faculty member at Eurasia International University (EIU) in Armenia and teaches courses in Strategic Management and Business Communications, as well as is the head of the Internal Quality Assurance Centre of the university. She serves also as an expert of the National Center for Professional Education Quality Assurance Foundation and is involved in newly launched institutional and program level external quality assurance and accreditation process of tertiary level institutions in Armenia, which ensures quality compliance with the state academic standards and European Standards and Guidlines for Higher Education Quality Assurance. She is a co-author of the “Designing and Managing Courses” manual designed for junior faculty members in the framework of a project funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Her primary areas of academic interest include education policy, quality assurance, financial and administrative management of institutions of higher education, and innovative instructional technologies.
Iván Pacheco is a consultant and researcher in higher education. His main topics of interest are quality assurance, peacebuilding, and the academic profession. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in higher education from Boston College. Iván’s dissertation focused on the role of higher education in armed conflict and postconflict countries, particularly in his home country of Colombia. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and an intern at LASPAU-Harvard. With over fifteen years of higher education experience, his past roles include Director of Quality Assurance for the Colombian Ministry of Education, acting Vice Minister of Higher Education, and board member for more than ten Colombian public universities. He represented his country at the UNESCO-OECD Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross Border Higher Education meetings and at RIACES, the Ibero-American Network of Quality Assurance Agencies. His publications include: Paying the Professoriate: A Global Comparison of Compensation and Contracts (coeditor with Altbach, Reisberg, Yudkevich and Androushchak, 2012); Educación Culpable, Educación Redentora: Evolución Legislativa de la Educación Superior en Colombia (2004), and Nuevo Compendio de Normas sobre la Educación Superior (2001). Iván is currently editing, together with Alberto Roa, a book on the challenges for Colombian higher education for the next decade.
Adriana Pérez-Encinas is an assistant lecturer and researcher in the Department of Business Organization at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain, where she is also a PhD candidate in business economics. Her research areas are internationalization of higher education and university services management. Adriana has a bachelor´s degree in translation and interpreting (English and German) and a master’s degree in international relations with Latin America; she is also completing her MBA. She held the position of head of the International Relations Office in the School of Business and Economics at UAM for 6 years. Currently, she is project coordinator at UAM of a KAII project on Career Services and Entrepreneurship. In 2016, she was appointed as project evaluator for the Erasmus + Spanish National Agency by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. Since 2014 she has been an EAIE member, and has been elected to its Mobility Advising group through 2018. She has also been an EAIE Academy trainer. Adriana is a member of the Research Institute on Higher Education and Science (INAECU), a joint initiative of the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Carlos III University of Madrid.
Gerard A. Postiglione
Postiglione is editor of the journal Chinese Education and Society, and four book series, two about China and two about Hong Kong. His books include: Asian Higher Education, East Asia at School, Education and Social Change in China, China National Minority Education, Education and Society in Hong Kong, and Hong Kong's Reunion with China. As a researcher/consultant Postiglione handled for projects of the Academy of Educational Development, Asian Development Bank, Department for International Development, Institute of International Education, International Development Research Center, and United Nations Development Programme, and he advised NGOs and foundations, including a year appointment as senior consultant to Ford Foundation/Beijing, and researcher on the academic profession for Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He was director of the Centre of Research on Education in China of the University of Hong Kong and is currently Head of its Division of Policy, Administration and Social Science.
Douglas Proctor is a PhD candidate in international higher education at the University of Melbourne (Australia). His doctoral research is focused on the international dimensions of academic work and he is seeking to identify the key drivers and barriers to the international engagement of Australian faculty staff. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies, Douglas held academic and senior managerial positions at universities in France, New Caledonia and Australia. In his most recent leadership position at the University of Melbourne, he had responsibility for the development of university-wide strategy for international relations, international partnership development and stakeholder management, and the complex intersections between the various strands of the University’s international engagement. In addition to his studies, Douglas is a member of both the Research Committee of the International Education Association of Australia and the Editorial Committee of the US-based Association of International Education Administrators. He undertakes consultancy work in the fields of internationalisation and international education research. In 2014, he won the Tony Adams Award for Doctoral Studies in International Education. Douglas has authored papers and reports in relation to his doctoral research, as well as on the global landscape of international education research. Building on successful national workshops on stakeholder engagement for international partnerships in 2011 and 2012, Douglas published a chapter on this topic in the IIE-DAAD book Global Perspectives on Strategic International Partnerships launched in March 2016.
Sybille Reichert is a higher education consultant and analyst focusing on European university institutional development, internationalization and organization, and higher education policy. After leading strategic planning at ETH Zurich, Reichert began her own consultancy firm in 2004 (www.reichertconsulting.ch) where she works with European institutions and organizations such as the European Commission, the European University Association (EUA) or the League of European Research Universities (LERU).
Reichert’s larger studies include EUA’s Trends III (2003) and IV (2005) examining Bologna reforms, an investigation of European university research strategy development, an analysis of Swiss university continuing education and inter-institutional cooperation, a comparative study of the universities in four European knowledge regions, and a study of diversity in European higher education systems as well as with individual universities in all parts of Europe.
Zeno Reinhardt has been a Fulbright researcher at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, between 2010-2011. He is the coordinator of a regional distance learning center at the National University for Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) in Bucharest, Romania. Mr. Reinhardt is also a senior researcher in several international research and development projects coordinated by SNSPA in the area of higher education. Between 2008-2009 Mr. Reinhardt worked as senior advisor on higher education for the Romanian Minister of Education and Research and he was also actively involved in the development of a project for introducing a student loan scheme in Romania – project supported by the Romanian Government and the World Bank. His areas of interest include higher education management, internationalization of higher education, and policy development and implementation in higher education.
Fábio Reis is director and professor of Salesian University Center of São Paulo (UNISAL), campus of Lorena, Dr. in Social History by University of São Paulo. He published many articles and the latest is Processos de avaliação e de acreditação do ensino superior no Brasil: política educacional intervista, papel do mercado e alternativas a partir da comparação com outros países”. He wrote the book: “Perspectivas da Gestão Universitária” and organized the book “Formação e empregabilidade”. He is a Salesian University Institution (IUS) researcher and responsable by course especialization in ”University Management” at UNISAL. He has been participating of analyses in higher education at Sindicato das Entidades Mantenedoras de Estabelecimentos do Ensino Superior do Estado de São Paulo (SEMESP) and at Associação Brasileira dos Mantenedores da Educação Superior (ABMES). He was an evaluator in loco for Ministry Education Brazil in many institutions, during five years. He is a specialist in higher education trends. He was a Visiting Scholar at Center in 2010 and has been comparing the higher education system between Brazil and the United State about the theme market higher education and the role of the Catholic Institutions.
Alberto Roa is the Vicepresident for Academic Affairs at Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia), position that he has hold for the last 15 years. He studied Philosophy at Universidad de San Buenaventura in Bogota and he has a masters degree in Social and Educational Development at Universidad Pedagógica Nacional.
He has been professor and researcher in areas related to Philosophy and Education. In recent years he has focused his academic work in issues like university management, quality assurance and accreditation. He has authored and co-authored several publications for CINDA, UNESCO and ASCUN, among others. He has also acted as peer reviewer in evaluation and institutional accreditation processes in Colombia and other Latin American countries.
His current research focuses on the impact of accreditation in Colombia, 20 years after its creation.
Ms. Eteri Rubinskaya was with us from March 2017 through the end of June 2017. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, South Russian Institute of Management, where she also serves as a senior lecturer in the Global Economy Department. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Visiting Scholar grant and during her time at Boston College she will be undertaking activities related to a research project on foreign students as a skilled labor resource.
Yukiko Shimmi is an assistant professor and international education advisor at the Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan. Yukiko received her Ph.D. degree in Higher Education at Boston College while she worked as a research assistant at CIHE. She earned her masters' degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota with a Fulbright scholarship. She also holds a Bachelors' of Arts in Human Relations from Keio University in Japan. Yukiko's research focuses on international visiting scholars and their experiences in the United States. She also studies the impact of study abroad experiences on students. At the University of Minnesota, she worked for International Student and Scholar Services and contributed to programing and support for international and domestic students. Previously she worked for two Japanese universities in student services and academic affairs with both domestic and international students. Yukiko's articles, "The Decline of Japanese International Students" (issue #64, Summer 2011), "Should Japanese University Shift the Academic Calendar?" (issue #70, Winter 2013), and "International Visiting Scholars: Potential Resources through Brain-circulation and Internationalization" (issue #77, Fall 2014) were published in International Higher Education.
Maria Teresa Speziale
Maria Teresa Speziale is a Ph.D. in Business Economics and an Adjunct Professor in Accounting and in Financial Analysis at the Faculty of Economics, Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna. Her academic researches, publications, and conferences concern governance and management of educational institutions, accounting and financial reporting, corporate governance, planning and control systems. In 2010 she spent nine months as a Visiting Scholar at Boston College, Lynch School of Education (tutor: Prof. Philip G. Altbach), six months as a Visiting Scholar at Brown University, Education Department (tutor: Prof. Kenneth K. Wong), and three months as a Visiting Scholar at Boston University, School of Education (tutor: Prof. Charles L. Glenn), developing a research project titled "Governance and Accountability in Higher Education. A Comparison of National Models and Practices". She also works as a Court-Appointed Technical Consultant (CTU) in Bologna.
Damtew Teferra is currently Director for Africa and the Middle East at the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program based at the Institute of International Education in New York. Until recently, he was Associate Research Professor of Higher Education at the Center for International Higher Education, Lynch School of Education, Boston College. Teferra is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of theJournal of Higher Education in Africa and the Founder and Director of the International Network for Higher Education in Africa . Damtew is the Senior Editor of the Conover-Porter Award winning bookAfrican Higher Education: An International Reference Handbook (Indiana University Press, 2003) and an author of Scientific Communication in African Universities: National Needs and External Support(RoutledgeFalmer, 2003). Teferra holds a Ph.D. from Boston College, a M.Phil. from University of Stiriling, Scotland, and a B.Sc. from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
Aisling Tiernan is a PhD candidate at King’s Learning Institute, King’s College London. For her doctoral research she is investigating the effect that immigration policy has on the experience of international students in the UK. She is particularly interested in understanding international students’ agency during their negotiation of the student visa system, and the role of institutional decision makers in addressing immigration related challenges. Aisling has a BA (Hons) in Economics & Psychology from University College Cork, and a Masters in Management & Organisational Studies from University College Dublin. Prior to undertaking her PhD, Aisling spent four years at De Montfort University as a Senior International Officer. During that time she was responsible for student recruitment and partnership development, with specific experience in West Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia.
Louise Michelle Vital
Louise Michelle Vital is the chief academic officer for 1Room, an education-based NGO in East Africa, and is a consultant for The Global Citizens’ Initiative. She has nearly 15 years of experience working in higher education and student affairs including at a large public university and at a small private liberal arts college. Michelle is also an independent researcher on higher education. Her research addresses global issues of access and success in higher education, the intersection of higher education and international development, internationalization of US higher education, graduate student experiences in higher education, and scholar/practitioner preparation for international engagement. Michelle’s current projects include a qualitative study examining access and persistence in Haitian higher education, and collaborative studies on doctoral students’ international research development, and higher education in post-disaster environments. Her published work includes: “I Don’t Think I’m Prepared”: Perceptions of US Higher Education Doctoral Students on International Research Preparation co-written with Dr. Christina W. Yao. Michelle is a member of a number of national and international professional organizations related to higher and international education and she serves as a member of the Board of Reviewers for the Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education. Michelle earned her PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education and a graduate certificate in international development from Michigan State University. She earned her MA in Student Affairs Administration from MSU and her BA in Sociology from Simmons College.
Jude Walker is an Assistant Professor in Adult and Higher Education at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Her research focuses mainly on the development and operationalisation of educational policy within the context of globalization and discourses of the knowledge economy. She has published in the areas of policy development in employment and training in Canada and New Zealand, student experience and career outcomes, higher education reform in Canada, the role of emotion in teaching in higher education. She recently received a grant to explore the connection between academic research and educational policy making. For further information visit http://edst.educ.ubc.ca/facultystaff/jude-walker/
Qi Wang is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. She received her MA in Education (International Education) and PhD in Education from University of Bath, UK. Her research interests include building world-class universities, skill formation and national development, and comparative and international education.
Qing Hui Wang
Qing Hui Wang is a Ph.D. candidate from the Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. His research interests focus on the role of department chairs in world-class universities and building world-class universities in China.
He has been responsible for one chapter in the strategic research project funded by the Committee on Science and Technology of the Ministry of Education of China: Growth of Scientific Elites for an Innovation-Oriented Country. He has participated in the project sponsored by the World Bank and the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College - In Search of Excellence: Research Universities in the 21st Century, investigating the case of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Anthony Welch is Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. A policy specialist, his more than one hundred publications include studies of reforms and policy issues within Australia, Asia, the UK, USA and elsewhere.
He holds an M.A., and Ph. D. from the University of London, has lectured in many parts of the world, and has authored or edited eight books, with several others forthcoming. His work has been translated into eight major European and Asian languages. Professor Welch has consulted to international agencies, governments in Australia, Asia, as well as within Europe, and to US institutions, and he has project experience in several parts of Asia, particularly in the area of higher education reforms. He has been Visiting Professor in the USA, UK, Germany, France and Japan, and in July 2008 will deliver the prestigious Joseph Lauwerys Lecture, at the Comparative Education Society of Europe (CESE), in Athens. He holds an Australian Research Council Grant for a project on the Chinese Knowledge Diaspora, and is Fulbright New Century Scholar, 2007-8 (Theme: Access and Equity in Higher Education). His two most recent books are The Professoriate: Profile of a Profession (Springer 2005) and Education, Change and Society (Oxford 2007).
Marijk van der Wende
Marijk van der Wende is a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies and its Graduate School of Education and at the Centre for International Higher Education at Boston College.
Marijk van der Wende is the Founding Dean of Amsterdam University College. She is a professor in higher education at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and an honorary professor at CHEPS, the University of Twente. She will be appointed as the (first) Dean of Graduate Studies at Utrecht University in September 2015.
Marijk van der Wende is a member of the Academia Europaea (the Academy of Europe, section behavioral sciences), of the Higher Education Authority Ireland, of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of World Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, of the EU expert group on Key long term transformations in Research, Innovation and Higher Education (KT2050), and of the Board of the Rathenau Institute for Research and Debate on Science and Technology. She is also the Dutch representative to the GRE European Advisory Council and a member of various national and international editorial boards and advisory committees. In the past she held positions in prestigious organizations such as the OECD, NUFFIC (the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher education), and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA). Her study and work brought her to several places in Europe including Belgium and France. Marijk van der Wende holds BA degrees in teaching and pedagogy, and MA and PhD degrees in educational sciences, from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Utrecht respectively. Her research focuses on innovation and the impact of globalization on higher education. She has published widely on how these processes affect higher education systems and institutions, including liberal arts colleges, regarding governance, strategy, curriculum, quality assurance, and ICT integration.
Wanxi Xiong is a Ph.D student in the Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University. He was a visiting scholar at the CIHE at Boston College from 2009 through 2010, as part of a program sponsored by the China Scholarship Council. Wanxi's PhD dissertation focuses on the faculty governance in American research universities, and is funded by the Trans-campus Education, Social Science, and Medical Research Fund.
Wanxi conducted research under Professor Wang Yingjie on assessing the creativity of Chinese Universities, sponsored by the Minister of Education. He has translated two chapters of the OECD report, Tertiary Education, for the Knowledge Society, also with Professor Wang. With Professor Sui Yifan, he is conducting research on University Presidential Searches with support from the Ford Foundation. Wanxi interviewed dozens of American university presidents, including Derek Bok, John DiBiaggio, and Robert Brown.
His research interests include faculty governance, university presidential search, topics on which he has published several articles.
Keiko Yokoyama, from Japan, Visiting Scholar at Center for International Higher Education, Boston College, during Summer 2007. She undertook a project on "The US Quality Assurance Mechanism and Overseas Branch Campuses: Autonomy and Accountability", while she was visiting at the Center. She is currently Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study for Higher and Post-secondary Education, the University of Michigan. She was formally Associate Professor at the Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University, Japan. Her major research interests are the internationalization of higher education, comparative higher education policies, and institutional governance, management and leadership in Japan, the UK, and the US. She has conducted a range of research projects funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, etc.
Her recent publications include Entrepreneurialism in Japanese and the UK Universities: Governance, Management, Leadership, and Funding in a journal, Higher Education (2006), and The Effect of RAE on Organisational Culture in English Universities: Collegiality versus Managerialism in a journal, Tertiary Education and Management (2006).
The Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) is pleased to entertain requests for visiting scholar status with the Center, by both junior and senior scholars, for sojourns of any length of time up to one semester (3-4 months).
A senior scholar is defined by the Center as a senior researcher, assistant, associate or full professor. A junior scholar is either a doctoral student in the final stage of doctoral research, or an early-stage post doc scholar.
There is no specific deadline for visiting scholar applications.
Please note the following information regarding the benefits provided to scholars, expectations for their participation in the CIHE and Boston College communities, the application process, and various practical matters:
The benefits of affiliation with the Center include access to the many academic resources of the university, including the extensive online and physical library holdings of Boston College. Scholars are frequently given permission to sit in on courses of interest within the department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education, the Lynch School of Education, and the broader Boston College community. Scholars are also typically invited to attend staff meetings of the Center, and to engage professionally and socially with the Center staff. They are also welcome to participate in many different types of events and activities across the university of a cultural, academic, and social nature.
Visiting scholars are integrated members of the community of staff and graduate students at CIHE. Just as they derive benefits from their time at Boston College, they are expected to share their knowledge and expertise with the university community. As such, during a sojourn of less than one semester, scholars are asked to deliver at least one guest lecture (and/or provide a similar contribution to the community); scholars who remain for more than one semester will be asked to deliver one guest lecture (and/or similar contribution to the community) per semester.
Visiting scholars are also asked to submit one contribution to International Higher Education, the newsletter of the Center, during their stay. The ultimate publication of contributions is, of course, subject to editorial review.
If and when scholars publish and/or present research that they developed in a substantive way during their sojourn at Boston College, the Center would be grateful to receive some acknowledgement for having hosted the scholar during the relevant research period.
Where relevant, visiting scholars will be invited to submit papers, or contribute in other substantive ways, to any research projects or publications in which the Center is involved.
The Center has the capacity to host 2-3 scholars at any one time. Scholars are provided with a designated desk and printing privileges. Most scholars bring their own laptops, although in special cases use of a desktop computer through the Center may be arranged.
Scholars are responsible for securing their own funding to support their sojourn; they are also responsible for handling all of the logistical matters related to their stay, including all arrangements related to travel and housing. Information on local housing can be accessed here: /offices/reslife/offcampus.html
Boston College can provide support with visa documents related, as needed. If the visiting scholar is a non-native speaker of English and will apply for a J1 Exchange Visitor visa, the Center is required to assess the scholar’s English language proficiency, in order to determine that the scholar can successfully participate in his or her program and function effectively on a daily basis. English language proficiency can be assessed by the Center through one of the following ways:
- The results of a recognized English language test (TOEFL or IELTS)
- Signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school, or
- An interview
Application Process and Selection Criteria
Requests for status as a visiting scholar may be submitted at any time and should include the following components:
- A letter of interest, giving
- the rationale for wanting to spend time at the Center
- a detailed explanation of the planned research to be undertaken
- a description of the ways in which the scholar believes he/she can contribute to the intellectual life of the CIHE/BC community, and
- the desired dates of the sojourn
- A current cv
- For junior scholars, a letter of reference from an advisor or more senior colleague
If approved by the Center, applicants’ materials are then passed to the Dean of the Lynch School of Education, who in turn passes recommended applications along to the Office of the Provost. Final letters of invitation are issued to visiting scholars by the Provost.
Please direct all inquiries regarding visiting scholar matters to Dr. Laura Rumbley, Associate Director of CIHE, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CIHE-related expertise: Higher Education Corruption Monitor
Dr. Elena Denisova-Schmidt, MBA, is a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland. Previously, she has taught and conducted research at the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki. Before moving into academia, Denisova-Schmidt worked for the VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation in Russia.
In her current studies on higher education she has been measuring the effectiveness of anti-corruption campaigns among students through experiments and examining the extent of corruption at BRIC universities. As a CIHE Research Fellow, Denisova-Schmidt will work on the Higher Education Corruption Monitor (HECM).
CIHE-related expertise: Liberal Education
Kara A. Godwin, Ph.D. is a research fellow at the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) and a consultant working with clients that include the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Olin College of Engineering, Lesley University, Boston College School of Education, and the Economist. Kara's work focuses on curriculum, learning/teaching, public policy, and internationalization. She is particularly excited about investigating national and institutional policies that disrupt traditional ways of thinking about higher education. Her forthcoming book, Changing Tides: The Global Rise (and US Decline) of Liberal Education, analyzes the growing global interest in liberal arts education and is based on the Global Liberal Education Inventory, a worldwide database of 200 programs. Kara is the founder of the new Global Liberal Education Collaboratory, an emerging international association of liberal arts programs (website forthcoming). Before CIHE, Kara was at the Northwestern University Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching where she worked with undergraduates, led programs for graduate students, and developed faculty. Kara has been a visiting scholar at Amsterdam University College, a policy analyst for the Rhode Island (US) Board of Governors, and a consultant for projects on international development, curriculum assessment, study abroad, and faculty development. She enjoys teaching about the social context and impact of higher education, student learning, comparative systems of education, intercultural competence, public policy, project management, and strategic planning. In a former life, Kara was an IT analyst and project manager in the US and UK. She completed her PhD at Boston College with the Center for International Higher Education, a master of science at Northwestern University (IL), and a bachelors degree at Augustana College (IL).
CIHE-related expertise: Quality, Latin America
Iván Pacheco is a consultant and researcher in higher education. His main topics of interest are quality assurance, peacebuilding, and the academic profession. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in higher education from Boston College. Iván’s dissertation focused on the role of higher education in armed conflict and postconflict countries, particularly in his home country of Colombia. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and an intern at LASPAU-Harvard. With over fifteen years of higher education experience, his past roles include Director of Quality Assurance for the Colombian Ministry of Education, acting Vice Minister of Higher Education, and board member for more than ten Colombian public universities. He represented his country at the UNESCO-OECD Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross Border Higher Education meetings and at RIACES, the Ibero-American Network of Quality Assurance Agencies. His publications include: Paying the Professoriate: A Global Comparison of Compensation and Contracts (coeditor with Altbach, Reisberg, Yudkevich and Androushchak, 2012); Educación Culpable, Educación Redentora: Evolución Legislativa de la Educación Superior en Colombia (2004), and Nuevo Compendio de Normas sobre la Educación Superior(2001). Iván is currently editing, together with Alberto Roa, a book on the challenges for Colombian higher education for the next decade.
CIHE-related expertise: The World View, Professional training, Latin America, Saudi Arabia
Liz Reisberg is an international consultant working on projects related to the improvement of higher education. She has worked with governments, universities, and international donor agencies throughout the world, including the World Bank and InterAmerican Development Bank. During her long affiliation with the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College she participated in research with international partners and contributed to numerous articles and books that resulted. She was also an adjunct professor in the Higher Education Administration graduate program at Boston College. Dr. Reisberg has designed and taught in professional education programs for faculty and senior administrators throughout the world. Her experience and research have focused on quality assurance, internationalization, improving university teaching and higher education policy reform and implementation, most frequently in Latin America.
CIHE-related expertise: Chinese Higher Education
Qi Wang is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Education (GSE), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). She completed her MA and PhD studies at the Department of Education, University of Bath, UK, from September 2002 to November 2008. She joined SJTU in May 2009 and works at the Center for World-Class Universities. Her research interests include building world-class universities, employability management and skill training, and globalization and education development. In particular, her current research focuses on building world-class research universities from a theoretical and comparative perspective; in particular how different governments and universities in East Asia and Europe adopt policies to implement this global aspiration. Her current research on young faculty members’ perception on employment reform in leading Chinese research universities is funded by the Ministry of Education in China. In addition to her research and teaching responsibilities, she serves as an associate editor for the Journal of International Higher Education (in Chinese).
Dr. Jamil Salmi, a globally recognized expert on higher education and the former Tertiary Education Coordinator in the World Bank’s Human Development Network, has just been appointed as a research fellow at CIHE for the next two years. Dr. Salmi has provided policy advice to governments and university leaders in more than 90 countries in all parts of the world over the last 24 years. He is a specialist in matters of system-wide policy development and governance, higher education excellence initiatives, evaluation of national higher education reforms and donor programs in support of higher education in developing countries, equity promotion strategies, strategic planning, and leadership development.
Ellen Hazelkorn is Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) (2013-) and Emeritus Professor and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland). She is International Co-Investigator, and member of the Advisory Board and Management Committee, Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), UCL Institute for Education. Ellen has worked as higher education policy consultant and specialist with international organisations and governments for over 15 years (e.g. EU, OECD, World Bank, UNESCO, US National Academy of Sciences), and regularly undertakes strategic and research evaluations for European and national research/scientific councils and universities. She is a board member of several universities and higher education/research organizations: Research and Information Advisory Committee, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (UK), Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Sweden), Higher School of Economics (Russia), Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Russia), and Rovira i Virgili University (URV) (Spain).
Ellen is internationally recognized for her writings and analysis of rankings on higher education and policy, including: Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education: The Battle for World-Class Excellence, 2nd ed. (Palgrave, 2015); editor, Global Rankings and the Geopolitics of Higher Education (Routledge 2016); co-editor, Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses (UNESCO, 2013); co-author, Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes: impact or illusion? (EUA, 2014); as well as, Developing Research in New Institutions (OECD, 2005). Other recent publications include: co-author, The Impact and Future of Arts and Humanities Research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); and co-editor, The Civic University: Meeting the Leadership and Management Challenges (Edward Elgar 2016) and GUNI World Report 6: Towards a Socially Responsible Higher Education Institutions, globally and locally engaged (UNESCO 2017). Forthcoming publications include Research Handbook on Quality, Performance and Accountability in Higher Education (Edward Elgar 2017).
Organized by first letter of last name
Eve Aird (PhD, 2001)
Dr. Eve Aird earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Administration with a minor in Higher Education from Boston College in 2001 where she was a Fulbright Scholar. Currently, she is the Provost of Galen University, a small private university in Belize. This is not her first appointment at Galen – she worked there between 2003 and 2008 as an Assistant Professor (English and Education) and Quality Assurance Officer. Dr. Aird has spent over 25 years working in higher education in Belize, specifically in teacher education and quality assurance in Belize at the University of Belize (Belize's national university) and at Galen University. She served 3 terms as the Chair of the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions in Belize (ATLIB) and two as the Co-chair of the Consortium of Belize Education for Cooperation (COBEC), a consortium of Belizean and US universities and community colleges working for the improvement of education in Belize. She also served three terms on the Belize Board of teacher Education (BBTE) with one term as the Vice Chair of that Board. Dr. Aird researches quality assurance issues in higher education in developing countries, and, as a member of ATLIB, advocates strongly to develop a National Higher Education Policy that addresses sustainable financing and national development priorities. She has presented on these themes locally and internationally.
Roberta Basset (PhD, 2005)
Roberta Malee Bassett is a senior education specialist working in the World Bank’s Global Practice in Education, where she provides technical expertise for projects related to higher education reform initiatives around the world, with a particular focus on such initiatives in the new EU member states, Russian Federation, and countries of the Western Balkans. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2009, Roberta served as lecturer in higher education management and policy at the Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy at the University of Southampton, UK. During her studies at Boston College, Roberta was a research fellow in the Centre for International Higher education and served as the Managing Editor of Educational Policy (2004-2005) and The Review of Higher Education (2000-2004). She was Assistant Dean and Director of Summer Session at Stanford University from 1995-2000. Roberta is the author/editor of numerous articles, reports, and books on topics related to international higher education including The WTO and the University: Globalization, GATS, and American Higher Education (Routledge 2006); International Organizations and Higher Education Policy: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally? (co-editor with Alma Maldonado-Maldonado, Taylor and Francis, 2009) and The Forefront of International Higher Education: A Festschrift in Honor of Philip G. Altbach (co-editor with Alma Maldonado-Maldonado, Routledge, 2014). She received her Ph.D. in higher education from Boston College in 2005 and is also an alumna of Columbia University (B.A.) and Stanford University (M.A).
Leslie Bozeman (PhD, 2009)
Dr. Leslie A. Bozeman is the VCU Globe Associate Director of Global Engagement. Her career in international education encompasses local, state, national, and international efforts. With experience in both student and academic affairs, Leslie has designed, implemented, and assessed campus initiatives at the undergraduate and graduate level. She demonstrates a commitment to global engagement through a history of membership and leadership in cultural organizations; by facilitating workshops on intercultural communication, aspects of American culture, and American academic culture; and through teaching globally-themed courses for the VCU Globe program. Through Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad, Leslie studied issues of Citizenship, Multiculturalism, and Education in Brazil, and for her dissertation research, she examined educational collaborations between the United States and Brazil. She earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in International Higher Education from Boston College, and her M.A. in Teaching and B.A. in Foreign Language and Communication Media from American University.
Rev. John Chen
Rev. John S. Chen was elected as Vice Secretary General of National Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association in 2004 and was appointed as the Executive Vice Rector of Beijing National Catholic Seminary soon after. A graduate of Shanghai Sheshan Seminary in China. Rev. John Chen received his master's degree in Theology from Saint John's Seminary, Boston before earning a doctorate in higher education administration from Boston College.
Dr. Jef Davis is the director of the Center for International Studies & Programs at Youngstown State University where he is responsible for international student recruitment and services, international faculty services, study abroad programs, and intensive English as a Second Language programs. He earned a B.A. from the University of Akron, an M.A. from Ball State University, a Graduate Certificate (TESOL) from Clark University, and a Ph.D. from Boston College, where he was a research assistant in the Center for International Higher Education. His dissertation focused on identifying factors related to intercultural sensitivity in foreign student advisors. His professional career spans nearly 25 years, and includes international education positions at Clark, Drexel, and Miami Universities, SUNY Stony Brook, the Experiment in International Living/World Learning (in Boston and in Baku, Azerbaijan) and with the Semester at Sea program. In addition to administrative positions, Jef has worked with the Summer Institute in Intercultural Communication (Oregon) and taught intercultural relations courses at Bentley College, Clark University and SUNY Stony Brook. Jef is the author of Living in the USA, 6th edition (Intercultural Press, 2005).
Harry Dumay (PhD, 2009)
Dr. Harry Dumay is Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Saint Anselm College. Prior to joining Saint Anselm College, he served as Associate Dean for Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His interests lie in higher education in the least developed countries as well as higher education organization and finance. He has served as an external evaluator on a USAID-funded partnership grant between the business schools of the University of Massachusetts Boston and the State University of Haiti and has collaborated with a consortium of Catalan Universities on reinforcing Haitian higher education. He received a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College in 2009, an MBA and certificate of corporate finance from Boston University, an MA in public administration from Framingham State College, and a BS in mechanical technology from Lincoln University.
Dave is Executive Director of Global Opportunities Group, LLC, an international education services provider. Before founding GO Group, Dave directed international program offices at both public (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Montana State University) and private (University of St. Thomas) universities. He has also held staff positions at Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education and the American Council on Education’s international education office, where he was involved in developing procedures for evaluating and improving international activities at U.S. colleges and universities. His professional interests focus on university internationalization, partnership building, education abroad programming, international student recruitment and services, international office budgeting and staffing, and the use of technology to advance international education activities. Dave studied in Germany and spent a year working in Japan as an English teacher. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College, Masters and Bachelors degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a diploma in German language studies from the Defense Language Institute.
James J.F. Forest, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of the Security Studies program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and is also a Senior Fellow with the U.S. Joint Special Operations University. He previously served on the faculty of the United States Military Academy (2001-2010), six of those years as Director of Terrorism Studies and three years as the Assistant Dean for Academic Assessment. He has published dozens of scholarly journal articles and 20 books including The International Handbook of Higher Education (2 Volumes), co-edited with Philip Altbach (Springer Publications, 2005), Teaching Terror: Strategic and Tactical Learning (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the 21st Century (Praeger, 2007), and The Terrorism Lectures (Nortia Press, 2012). Dr. Forest has served as an expert witness for terrorism-related court cases, and has provided testimony to committee hearings of the U.S. Senate.
Robin Helms (PhD, 2005)
Robin Matross Helms is the Associate Director for Research at the American Council on Education, where her focus is research on higher education internationalization and global engagement. Her previous work includes consulting, policy research, and program planning for a variety of organizations, including the World Bank, the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, the Institute of International Education, the Institute for Higher Education Policy, the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and the University of Minnesota. Robin completed her Ph.D in higher education administration at Boston College in 2005, holds an M.B.A. from Boston College, and earned an A.B. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University. Her publications include Inhabiting the borders: Foreign language faculty in American colleges and universities (Routledge, 2005), University admission worldwide (The World Bank, 2008), and Mapping International Joint and Dual Degrees: U.S. Program Profiles and Perspectives (2014).
Gilton Lee (PhD, 2007)
Gilton Eun-Jun Lee earned his doctoral degree from Boston College in 2007. His dissertation topic was related to the use of technology in higher education from a comparative perspective. He received his bachelor's degree and master's degree at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, and received another master's degree in Educational Technology at the University of Connecticut. His academic interests are comparative higher education, and curricular and technological issues in higher learning.
Alma Maldonado-Maldonado is a researcher at the Educational Research Department [Departamento de Investigaciones Educativas] of the Center for Advanced Research [Centro de Investigaciones Avanzadas]. Previously, she was an assistant professor at the University of Arizona's Center for the Study of Higher Education in the U.S. Maldonado was born in Mexico City and obtained her undergraduate education at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Later, Alma earned her doctorate at the Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education in the U.S. Her research focuses on comparative higher education, international organizations, higher education policy and research in Latin America and particularly on Mexico and issues regarding globalization, mobility and internationalization of higher education (institutions, faculty and students). Maldonado-Maldonado is co-editor of five books; the last one titled: The Forefront of International Higher Education. A festchrift in honor of Philip G. Altbach published with Roberta Basset by Springer in 2013.
Patty Murphy is the Executive Director of Assessment and Accreditation at the University of Miami. In her role, she oversees continuous improvement activities at the university, including university accreditation, academic program assessment, administrative assessment and general education assessment. She is the university’s liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and regularly serves as a SACSCOC peer evaluator. Prior to coming to the University of Miami, she was the Director of Institutional Effectiveness at the University of Richmond and the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment & College Relations and Director of Institutional Research at Dickinson College. Patty has a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Higher Education from Boston College and a B.A. in French from Wellesley College.
Elisa Park is a part time professor and a researcher at the Yonsei Educational Research Center at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. Among her current research interests are leadership of university presidents, evaluation systems for presidents, administrative effectiveness, university brand image, and governmental policy for private institutions.
Dr. Francesca Purcell currently serves as the Provost/Chief Academic Officer at Massachusetts Bay Community College where she provides overall academic leadership and strategic direction to advance the mission of the institution focused on student access and success, expanded partnerships, and financial strength. Prior to this position, Dr. Purcell was the Associate Commissioner for Academic and P-16 Policy for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Dr. Purcell was awarded the Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance by Governor Deval Patrick in recognition of her contributions to public higher education. Dr. Purcell has held positions at Amherst College, Dean College, Roxbury Community College, and Tufts University and she has taught graduate-level higher education administration courses at Boston College and Suffolk University. Dr. Purcell has also consulted for the Tertiary Education Division of the World Bank and authored or co-authored works on international women’s colleges and universities, women's studies, and state policy and student transfer. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in Political Science and Women's & Gender Studies, Dr. Purcell received her M.S. from Northeastern University in College Student Development and Counseling and her Ph.D. from Boston College in Higher Education Administration.
Liz Reisberg (PhD, 2007)
Liz Reisberg is an international consultant working on projects related to the improvement of higher education. Since completing her doctorate in 2007, she has worked with governments, universities, and international donor agencies throughout the world, including the World Bank and InterAmerican Development Bank. During her long affiliation with the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College she participated in research with international partners and contributed to numerous articles and books that resulted. She was also an adjunct professor in the Higher Education Administration graduate program at Boston College. Dr. Reisberg has designed and taught in professional education programs for faculty and senior administrators throughout the world. Her experience and research have focused on quality assurance, internationalization, improving university teaching and higher education policy reform and implementation, most frequently in Latin America.
Laura Rumbley (PhD, 2007)
Laura E. Rumbley completed her doctoral studies in higher education administration at Boston College (BC) in May 2007, with a dissertation focused on internationalization in the universities of Spain. She received her bachelor's degree in international politics from Georgetown University and her master's degree in international education and training from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. A former Foreign Service Officer, Laura is now associate director at the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) and a lecturer within the Higher Education Administration Program offered through BC’s Lynch School of Education. Laura also serves as chair of the Publications Committee of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) as well as co-editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education.
Kevin Sayers is Vice President for Planning and Strategy at Capitol University in Columbus Ohio. His professional expertise and research interests are in institutional research and planning, data-informed leadership, institutional change and innovation, and legal issues in higher education. Recently, he has played important leadership roles in building integrated institutional research, planning, and assessment functions at several colleges and universities. He enjoys designing and launching institution-wide planning efforts that are inclusive of both strategic management goals and student learning outcomes. He is currently researching the use of key performance indicators (KPI) in a comparative context.
David Stanfield (PhD, 2014)
David Stanfield is the Head of Research and Development for the Council of International Schools (www.cois.org). In this role, he collects, analyzes and shares data in usable form to shape services and support members in the delivery of effective educational programs. Prior to joining CIS, David was a Research Assistant at the Boston College Center for International Higher Education. David completed his Ph.D. in higher education administration at Boston College, USA following completion of a dissertation exploring international branch campus strategies. During this time, David completed a summer internship at the Fulbright Commission in Brussels, Belgium. From 2006-2011, David served as the Director of Student Activities and First-Year Programs at Carnegie Mellon University’s international branch campus in Doha, Qatar. David earned a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University in Ohio (USA) and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University (USA).
Hala Taweel is the president and co-founder of the University of the Middle East Project, a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Born in Jerusalem, Dr. Taweel was raised in Nablus and Ramallah. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College and a Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her first Master’s, in Computer Science and Human Science, was received from Paris VIII University in Paris, France. She also holds a Diploma in Diplomatic and Strategic Studies from the Center for Law and Defense at Paris V University. Dr. Taweel's interest is in international higher education, with a special focus on the Middle East. She is also member of the Board of Trustees of Roger Williams University, in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Damtew Teferra is the former director for Africa and the Middle East of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program, based at the Institute of International Education in New York. He was founding (former) Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Higher Education in Africa. He is author ofScientific Communication in African Universities: External Assistance and National Needs (2003, RoutledgeFarmer) and lead editor of both the award-winning book African Higher Education: An International Reference Handbook (2003, Indiana University Press) and African Higher Education: The International Dimension (2008, BC and AAU). He established the International Network for Higher Education in Africa. Damtew holds a Ph.D. from Boston College, USA, an M.Phil. from University of Stiriling, Scotland, and a B.Sc. from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
Weiping Wang holds a doctorate from Boston College and master degrees from Harvard and Peking University. She is currently doing research on Chinese higher education, particularly on the academic profession in Chinese private higher education, in an international and comparative context and is working closely with CREC--Wah Ching Centre of Research on Education in China, the University of Hong Kong. She is also interested in international education and is teaching in Hong Kong International School. Her main publications and presentations include: Isomorphism or Diversity? (paper presented at the January 2005 Annual Conference of Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong);Theme: Approaches and Strategies in Comparative Education (Hong Kong Institute of Education, November 2004);The Reviving Academic Profession in China: The Case of Zhejiang Shu Ren University (paper presented at the International Conference of the Development of Private Higher Education, Zhejiang Shu Ren University, November 2004); Faculty Development at a Private Educational Institution in China(paper presented at the conference of Comparative Education in an Increasingly Globalized World, Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (CESHK) Annual conference 2004, Hong Kong University).
Hong Zhu (PhD, 2009)
Hong Zhu is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education, Deputy Director at the Center for Institutional Research, researcher of the Institute of Higher Education and the Institute of Economics of Education, Peking University (Beijing University). She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration in 2009 from Boston College, where her dissertation research focused on the scholarly networks of the diaspora of Chinese academics. Hong earned both her master’s degree (in economics of education) and her bachelor’s degree (in business administration) from Peking University. Her major academic interests include student development, educational administration and quality analysis, higher education, and international comparative education. She has been a principal investigator for several national and co-PI for international education research projects in these fields. Recently her research work is primarily focused on student academic interest, motivation, creativity, and other aspects of student development. Hong won the 2013 Chinese Ministry of Education’s Excellent Research Report Award, the 2013 Peking University’s Industrial and Commercial Bank Award for Excellence in teaching, the 2011 Chinese National Academic Excellence in Educational Research, and the 2010 Tongshan Research Scholarship of Peking University.