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Hans de Wit

Director of CIHE

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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).