Professor; Director of the Center for International Higher Education
A globally renowned scholar, Hans de Wit has made his name studying the internationalization of higher education. His research focuses on national and institutional policies, internationalization strategies, misconceptions, and differentiators in postsecondary education around the world. In 2019 he is provided the honorary title of Senior Fellow of the International Association of Universities (IAU), Paris, France.
Before joining the Lynch School as a professor and Director of the Center for International Higher Education, de Wit was Director of the Center for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy, and taught at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He served as founding member and president of the European Association for International Education and as founding editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education. He was vice-president International affairs at the University of Amsterdam.
De Wit earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at the University of Amsterdam. He has won awards from NAFSA (Association of International Educators), the Association of International Education Administrators, The Mexican Association for International Education, and the European Association for International Education. He was named a Fulbright New Century Scholar, has coauthored and edited several publications on the internationalization of higher education, and has consulted for a variety of international organizations, including the European Parliament and the World Bank.
De Wit was instrumental in launching the Lynch School’s Master of Arts in International Higher Education program in 2016, the Certificate Program in International Higher Education, 2017, and the dual Degree MA in International Higher Education with the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico. When not guiding students through their own educational journeys, he is focusing on a study of global doctoral education, refugees and higher education, and family-owned universities, as well as internationalization in low and mid income countries.
He serves as Editorial Consultant of Policy Reviews in Higher Education and is member of the Steering Group and Editorial Committee of the Bologna Process Researchers Conference, 2017 and 2020. He is member of international advisory boards of several universities: Stenden University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands, the University of Göttingen in Germany, the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN) in Moscow, Russia, and the Universidad Cooperative de Colombia in Medellin. He is chair of the Board of Trustees of World Education Services, New York as well as a member of the Scientific Committee of the ‘Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation’ (CHEI) in Milan, UNESP’s PrInt Project Management Group in Brazil, the Student Advisory Board of the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico, and of the Consejo Consultativo Internacional of USMEXFusion. He is an Associate of Higher Education Training and Development (HETD), Kwazulu Natal University, Durban, South Africa.
Maria Yudkevich, Philip G. Altbach, and Hans de Wit (Eds.). (Forthcoming). Trends and Issues in Doctoral Education: A Global Perspective. Studies in International Higher Education. New Delhi, Sage Publishers.
Philip G. Altbach, Edward Choi, Matthew Allen, and Hans de Wit (Eds.). (Forthcoming) The Global Phenomenon of Family-Owned or Managed Universities. Rotterdam, Brill Sense Publishers.
Kara A. Godwin and Hans de Wit. (2019). Intelligent Internationalization: The Shape of Things to Come. Rotterdam, Brill Sense Publishers.
Hans de Wit, Andrés Bernasconi, Visnja Car, Fiona Hunter, Michael James and Daniela Véliz. (2018). Catholic Universities, Catholic Identity and Internationalization. Rotterdam, Sense Publishers.
Lisa Unangst and Hans de Wit. (Forthcoming). Non-profit organizations, collaborations, and refugee student support in Canada and the United States: a comparative case study. Higher Education Policy.
Hans de Wit. (2019). Evolving Concepts, Trends, and Challenges in the Internationalization of Higher Education in the World. (In Russian) In Voprosy Obrazovania / Educational Studies (Moscow). Pp. 9-34. National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow.
Ayenachew A. Woldegiyorgis, Douglas Proctor and Hans de Wit. (2018) Internationalization of research: Key Considerations and Concerns. In Journal of Studies in International Education, pp. 161-176. Volume 22, Number 02, May 2018.
Hans de Wit, Laura Rumbley, Fiona Hunter, Edward Choi, and Lisa Unangst. (2018). Editors of the section Higher Education as a Global Reality. Springer. In J. C. Shin, P. Teixeira (eds.), Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Hans de Wit. (2018). The Bologna Process and the Wider World of Higher Education: The Cooperation Competition Paradox in a Period of Increased Nationalism. Pp. 15-22. In A. Curaj et al. (eds.), European Higher Education Area: The Impact of Past and Future Policies. Springer.
Georgiana Mihut, Philip Altbach and Hans de Wit. (Eds.). 2017. Understanding Global Higher Education: Insights from Key Global Publications. Rotterdam, Sense Publishers.
Georgiana Mihut, Philip Altbach and Hans de Wit (Eds.). 2017. Internationalization of Higher Education: Insights from Key Global Publications. Rotterdam, Sense Publishers.
Philip Altbach, Liz Reisberg and Hans de Wit (Eds.). 2017. Responding to massification: differentiation in postsecondary education worldwide. Rotterdam, Sense Publishers.
Hans de Wit, Jocelyne Gacel-Avila, Elspeth Jones and Nico Jooste (Eds.). 2017. The Globalization of Internationalization: Emerging Voices and Perspectives. Internationalization in Higher Education Series, Routledge.
Elspeth Jones, Jos Beelen, Robert Coelen & Hans de Wit (Editors). 2016. Local and Global Internationalisation. Sense Publishers, Dordrecht.
Maarja Beerkens, Jeroen Huisman, Manuel Souto-Otero, Hans de Wit. (2016). Differences in ERASMUS participation: Exploring the role of barriers and motivations in six countries. Journal of Studies in International Education, May 2016 vol. 20 no. 2, pp. 184-204.
Hans de Wit, Fiona Hunter, Eva Egron-Polak and Laura Howard (Eds.). 2015. Internationalisation of Higher Education. A study for the European Parliament, Brussels.