The University of Iowa

Commitment to Internationalization Lecture Series

Hans de Wit

Hans De Wit

Professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College

“Internationalization of Higher Education for Society, Moving Back from Competition to Co-operation.”

Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. 

1117 University Capitol Centre (UCC)

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Higher Education has become over the past 3 decades a more global enterprise, in which its international dimensions have become more driven by economic than social and academic rationales. The current global political and social climate has added a more challenging dimension to the internationalization in higher education, making higher education moving further away from its collaborative focus of the past. What do we mean with internationalization? What are the driving rationales? What are general and regional trends? And how can the shifted paradigm from cooperation to competition be reversed?

Hans de Wit is professor and director of the ‘Center for International Higher Education’ (CIHE) at Boston College, USA. Before, he was 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 was vice president for international affairs of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1996-2003.

He is founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE). He is founding editor of the ‘Journal of Studies in International Education’ (SAGE), consulting editor of the  journal Policy Reviews in Higher Education, associate editor of International Higher Education, and co-editor of the book series ‘Global Perspectives in Higher Education,' Sense Publishers. 

He publishes a blog in University World News, and  has (co)written books and articles on international education and is actively involved in assessment and consultancy in international education, for organizations like the European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, IMHE/OECD, IAU, and European Parliament. 

Read a Q&A with Hans de Wit


Past Lectures

Image of Philip Altbach

The Peril and Promise of Internationalization in the Era of Trump, Brexit and Global Competition
presented by Philip Altbach
Research Professor and Founding Director, Center for International Higher Education at Boston College

Monday, March 11, 2019 | 4:30 p.m. | University Capitol Centre, Room 1117
Read a Q&A with Dr. Altbach




Exploring the Value of Strategic International Science Engagement
 presented by Elizabeth (Libby) Lyons
 National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering

 Friday, March 30, 2018 | 4:30 p.m. | University Capitol Centre, Room 2520D (2nd floor Conference Area)

Madeleine Green



Are We There Yet?: The Long (and Winding) Road to Global Learning for All
presented by Dr. Madeleine Green
Senior Fellow, International Association of Universities
Senior Fellow,  NAFSA: The Association of International Educators

Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. | Old Capitol Senate Chamber
Read a Q&A with Dr. Green

Kevin Kinser

International University Research Ventures: A Faculty-Focused Agenda for Comprehensive Internationalization
presented by Kevin Kinser
Professor and Head, Department of Education Policy
Senior Scientist, Center for the Study of Higher Education Pennsylvania State University
Senior Fellow for Internationalization NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Friday, March 3, 2017 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Old Capitol Senate Chamber
Read a Q&A with Dr. Kinser


 Ellen Hazelkorn

Internationalization and the Geopolitics of Higher Education
presented by Ellen Hazelkorn
Policy advisor to the Higher Education Authority, Ireland

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Old Capitol Senate Chamber
Read a Q&A with Professor Hazelkorn

Check out Ellen's commentary during a special discussion on WorldCanvass: