Keynote Speaker - Hans de Wit





Hans de Wit is Director of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at the Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, and Professor (lector) of Internationalization of Higher Education at the School of Economics and Management of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. He is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education and of the SAGE Handbook of International higher Education.

Extended Bio

Hans de Wit is Director of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at the Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, and 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: De Wit International Higher Education Consultancy.

He is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education (Association for Studies in International Education/SAGE publishers). His latest book is The SAGE Handbook on International Higher Education, co-edited with Darla Deardorff, John D. Heyl and Tony Adams (2012). He is Co-Editor of Quality and Internationalisation of Higher Education with Jane Knight, University of Toronto, OECD (1999). He has (co)written several other books and articles on international education and is actively involved in assessment and consultancy in international education for organisations like the European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, and IMHE/OECD. He has undertaken Quality Reviews of a great number of institutions of higher education in the framework of the Visiting Advisors Program (VAP), IQRP, IQR, Eurostrat and the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Agency (NVAO).

Hans de Wit is a visiting professor at CAPRI, the Centre for Academic Practice and Research in Internationalisation of Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, and Collaborative Researcher at Meiji University Research Institute of International Education (RIIE), Tokyo, Japan. In 2005-2006, he was a New Century Scholar of the Fulbright Program Higher Education in the 21st Century. He is currently working on projects in Europe, the United States, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

He was Founding Dean of Windesheim Honours College of the VU Amsterdam/Windesheim Hogeschool, Zwolle, 2007-2008. Before, he was director of the Hague Forum for Judicial Expertise in 2005-2006. He has been Director of the Office of Foreign Relations, Vice-President for International Affairs and Senior Advisor International at the Universiteit van 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). Currently he is, among other positions, Member of the Board of Trustees of World Education Services (New York), Member of the ESL TOEFL Board (as of 2011), and Co-Chair of the Special Interest Group Research in International Education of EAIE. On September 11, 2008 he received the Constance Meldrum Award for Vision and Leadership of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) in Antwerp. Previous awards he received from the University of Amsterdam (2006), AIEA (2006), CIEE (2004 and 2006), NAFSA (2002) and EAIE (1999).