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Hans de Wit, Laura E. Rumbley, and Philip G. Altbach
Photo CIHE staff 2016-2017
From the top right: Ayenachew Woldegiyorgis, Hans de Wit, Salina Kopellas, Georgiana Mihut, Edward Choi, Lisa Unangst, and Laura E. Rumbley.

CIHE GAs on BC E-colloquia Newsletter: CIHE graduate research assistants were recently featured in the Lynch School of Education E-colloquia Newsletter (Winter, 2012) with a brief description of their research areas.


Hans de Wit

Director of the Center for International Higher Education and Research Professor of Higher Education

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Hans de Wit is Research Professor and Director of the Center for International Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. A native of the Netherlands, where his career as an administrator, researcher and teacher has spanned three decades, de Wit joined the Lynch School in 2015 from the Universita Cattolica Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, where he has served as the founding director of the Center for Higher Education Internationalisation. He is also the Founding Editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education (Association for Studies in International Education/SAGE publishers), as well as a founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE). 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).

For more information, visit his webpage

Philip G. Altbach

Founding Director of the Center for International Higher Education and Research Professor of Higher Education

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Philip G. Altbach is the Founding Director of the Center for International Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He is the 2013 winner of the Houlihan award for distinguished contributions to international education by NAFSA and the distinguished career award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education. He was the 2004–2006 Distinguished Scholar Leader for the New Century Scholars initiative of the Fulbright program, and in 2010 was an Erudite Scholar of the Government of Kerala in India. A recent book, coedited with Jamil Salmi, is The Road to Academic Excellence: The Making of World-Class Research Universities. He is author of Turmoil and Transition: The International Imperative in Higher Education, Comparative Higher Education, Student Politics in America, and other books.  He coedited the International Handbook of Higher Education. Other recent books are World Class Worldwide: Transforming Research Universities in Asia and Latin America, Leadership for World-Class Universities: Challenges for Developing Countries and Trends in Global Higher Education: Tracking an Academic Revolution.

For more information visit his website.

Laura E. Rumbley

Associate Director

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Laura E. Rumbley is associate director of the Center for International Higher Education, and is also Assistant Professor of the Practice within the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education at Boston College. Laura 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. She has authored and co-authored 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. Laura currently serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Studies in International Education. She is active in the European Association for International Education (EAIE), where she is chair of the Publications Committee and is on the board of the “Research in International Education” special interest group. She is also affiliated with the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence. Laura received her PhD from Boston College following completion of a dissertation focused on internationalization in the universities of Spain.

Edward Choi

PhD Student, Graduate Research Assistant

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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.  

Ismael Crôtte

MA Student, Graduate Research Assistant

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Ismael Crôtte is a Mexican national who has been working in international higher education for more than 19 years. As a foreign student in Texas, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in 1992. Ismael worked for 16 years at the Universidad de Guadalajara, ten of those at the Center for International Students, CEPE, a self-sustained Spanish language and Mexican Culture immersion center that averaged 2,500 students annually. Of those ten, five were as General Director. Ismael later joined the centralized International Affairs Office at the same Universidad de Guadalajara. As Head of the Inter-institutional and International Relations Unit, Ismael oversaw global bilateral agreement negotiations and scholar and student mobility, both domestically and internationally. Student mobility averaged 900 outbound and 2,300 inbound. Since June of 2013, Ismael works at the newly created state ministry for Innovation, Science and Technology of Jalisco, Mexico as the Coordinator for Academic Cooperation and Internationalization of Higher Education. As for this fall 2016, Ismael got admitted into the inaugural cohort of Boston College’s graduate program in International Higher Education. 

Ariane de Gayardon de Fenoyl

PhD Candidate

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Ariane de Gayardon 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 countries that offer tuition-free public higher education. Before moving to Boston, Ariane was a teaching fellow at King’s College London University in the United Kingdom, where she taught students up to the bachelor level. Ariane earned a master degree in English and Education from the Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre, as well as one in Engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne, one of the grandes écoles in France.

Georgiana Mihut

PhD Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant

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Georgiana Mihut is a Research Assistant at the Center for International Higher Education and a doctoral student at the Boston College Higher Education program. Her research interests concern the impact of university reputation on the employability of graduates, quality assurance in higher education, and international higher education. Before moving to Boston, Georgiana completed the Erasmus Mundus Master in Research and Innovation in Higher Education, the Education and Globalization international master course provided by University of Oulu, Finland and a bachelor in Political Science at Babes-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Georgiana is the current Chairof the Course Quality Advisory Board of the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association. Her work experience includes multiple internships in organizations such as the Swedish Council for Higher Education, the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and the Parliament of the Republic of Germany. Recently, Georgiana has been working as a short term consultant with the World Bank.

Lisa Unangst

PhD Student, Graduate Research Assistant

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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

PhD Student, Graduate Research Assistant

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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.

Salina Kopellas

Staff Assistant of the CIHE

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In her 23rd 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.