The research group Global Learning was launched on 1 January 2018. The research group focuses on the global professional and personal skills that all our students learn through their home curricula.
Following the focus on inclusive education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, our internationalisation should go beyond a study abroad experience that only a minority of students will be able to benefit from. We aim to reach all our students through internationalised home curricula, while continuing to offer short and long term mobility options.
1. Skills of lecturers as facilitators of global learning
The research group aims to identify the skills of lecturers that enable them to design and facilitate internationalised learning for all students. The research group explicitly addresses all programmes at THUAS, particularly the domestic programmes (i.e. those taught in Dutch). Disciplinary differences play an important role in contextualising the international and intercultural dimension to the programme of study. Therefore, most of this research takes the form of action research.
The research group also contributes to the enhancement of professional development for internationalisation and to monitoring the effect of such professional development.
2. The implementation of global learning for all
The research group aims to research the implementation of global learning -for all students- in two dimensions: as an element of the process of teaching and learning and curriculum development and as an element of processes in management and leadership.
In the first dimension, the focus is primarily on lecturers, but also on educational developers, curriculum developers and quality assurance officers. The second dimension focuses on leaders, managers and international officers. Our research includes all instruments that can internationalise teaching and learning, particularly Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).
3. Global learning in the continuous pathway for internationalisation.
This research theme is based on the advice of the Education Council of the Netherlands to consider internationalisation and the development of skills and attitudes (such as Global Citizenship) a continuum across primary, secondary (including vocational) and tertiary education. Research is specifically focused on the connection between secondary and tertiary education in the development of 21st century skills and global citizenship skills and how activities in internationalisation contribute to the formation of such skills.
The research group contributes to insights that help lecturers to imagine internationalisation for their specific disciplinary context, and to enhance the skills that enable them to assume their crucial role. The research group therefore collaborates with trainers and practitioners in the learning community ‘internationalisation’ at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and with The Hague Centre for Teaching and Learning. The research group Global Learning is situated within the Centre of Expertise for Global and Inclusive Learning and works closely with other research groups in the Centre. Internationally, the research group collaborates with other scholars and research centres in the field of internationalisation of higher education. Among these is the Centre for Global Learning at Coventry University. This collaboration results in joint and comparative research, projects, jointly authored publications and joint PhD supervision.
Visiting Scholar dr. Adriana Perez-Encinas
The research group Global Learning will welcome Dr. Adriana Perez-Encinas as its first Visiting Scholar. Visiting scholars spend a shorter or longer period at THUAS and contribute new perspectives on our research and educational practice.
Marloes Ambagts- van Rooijen
Lecturer, Spanish, Researcher
Eveke de Louw
Paul G. Nixon
Marloes Ambagts- van Rooijen
Marloes Ambagts- van Rooijen works as a lecturer, teacher trainer and researcher at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Besides teaching business communication at the International Business programme, she works for the Hague Centre for Teaching. In this role, she delivers teaching& learning and curriculum design & development modules within the English-taught BDB. Next to that, she develops and provides staff training for lecturers teaching in the international classroom, such as the Training for International Learning and Teaching, a Content and Language Integrated Learning training and a workshop in activating pedagogy. Within the lectorate of Global Learning, Marloes is looking into key lecturer competences for shaping effective international classrooms as an educational researcher. She intends to start her PhD research into this topic in 2019. Marloes has been working in international education in various roles throughout the educational landscape since email@example.com
Babet Hoeberigs is a practor of internationalisation at ROC Mondriaan and ROC Twente. A practorate is an expertise platform in MBO (secondary vocational education) in which knowledge is compiled, developed and then shared. The main objective is to contribute to the quality of education, and in this practice-based research plays a key role. For more information see: www.practoraten.nl Babet leads this platform. The practorate focuses on two themes: 1. Which international and intercultural dimensions should be included in a particular study programme, according to the stakeholders within the MBO, in order to prepare students for the wide-ranging society and internationally oriented study and employment market? 2. How can internationalisation be consciously integrated into a secondary vocational education firstname.lastname@example.org
Lecturer, Spanish, Researcher
Claudia Bulnes is a member of the research group Global Learning where she conducts research on Internationalisation at Home and Internationalisation of the Curriculum. She is currently working on a research project looking at how Internationalisation at Home is implemented in different disciplinary categories based on the concept of academic tribes. Claudia is also a member of the university-wide team Global Citizenship and Internationalisation and a Spanish lecturer in the European Studies programme. Claudia enjoys supporting students in learning the Spanish language and culture and making sure that students have a truly international experience while they study at THUAS by advising and supporting programmes in internationalising email@example.com
Simone has over 10 years’ experience in international education. Holding a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology she started her career in higher education in 2007 as a lecturer at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences where she also coordinated internationalisation activities, developed international curricula and developed/implemented internationalisation strategies. In 2015 Simone was appointed Faculty Coordinator Internationalisation for the Faculty of Health & Sports at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS). She took the initiative for several Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) activities and acts as the COIL Coordinator for THUAS. Simone is a leading member of The European Association for International Education (EAIE). As member of the EAIE conference programme committee (CPC) she stimulates state-of-the-art contributions from new speakers and identifying programme content that reflects the main internationalisation issues in Europe and the world. She is responsible for evaluating and accepting conference proposals submitted by experts in the field. As of the academic year 2017-2018, she is a member of the research group Global Learning at THUAS. Her research interest is in Internationalisation at Home, specifically COIL. She is currently working on a PhD proposal titled “What factors influence the COIL course?”firstname.lastname@example.org
Reinout Klamer works as senior lecturer and internationalisation coordinator for the programme Facility Management at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Reinout teaches several subjects related to service management and also works a coach for internships and theses. In the role of internationalisation coordinator Reinout is actively involved in COIL projects and has initiated several projects in Facility Management. He has initiated a research-based COIL project in cooperation with the Zurich School of Engineering (ZHAW), where students focus on current Facility Management topics related to virtual working. Also, he has initiated a project together with the University of Monterrey (UDEM) focused on intercultural competences and sensitivity. As an international coordinator Reinout participates in the European Framework for Facility Management (EUROFM) and is responsible for various international activities of the program. Reinout’s research interests are in area of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) and the way COIL can contribute to the development of students’ 21st century email@example.com
Eveke de Louw
Eveke de Louw is a senior lecturer at European Studies and a policy advisor on internationalisation of the curriculum and co-curriculum at the unit Education, Knowledge and Communication. She develops and delivers tailor-made trajectories, trainings and workshops on internationalisation of the curriculum, formulating and assessing internationalised learning outcomes as well as effective pedagogies for the international classroom. Moreover, she is an active member of the Internationalisation at Home Expert Community with the European Association for International Education. Within the research group, Eveke will participate in a Jean Monnet research project on the effects of a guided trajectory for an Erasmus exchange programme on the formation of a European identity and employability skills of Business students. In this project THUAS partners with two British universities and one Polish institution of higher education. Her research interests focus on analysing the effectiveness of and further professionalising practices in internationalisation at firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul G. Nixon
Paul G. Nixon is a Principal Lecturer in Political Science and Europe Platform Co-ordinator. He has recently been appointed as Visiting Professor in the Department of Communication, IUSVE, Venice, Italy. His research is on the value of international staff exchanges. Often exchanges such as those undertaken under programmes such as ERASMUS+ are seen as only producing positive outcomes. The research will attempt to analyze the added value to both the individual undertaking the exchange, as well as to the organizations involved (both the host and the sending institutions). Nixon identifies goal setting and attainment, levels of pre departure training (if any), as well as attitudinal changes and the effects that these have upon the individuals teaching style and methods upon their return. In order to tie in the research and the KK with other THUAS initiatives, the same process will be investigated in one or more of the Strategic Partner Institutions to be used as a comparison, where practical, thus examining potential cultural email@example.com
Corina works as a lecturer of Business Communication and mentor of first-year and long-stay students at International Business. She has been conducting research in areas such as intercultural competence acquisition and collaborative learning as well as developing and offering trainings in intercultural communication. In 2019 Corina is hoping to start her PhD trajectory on the topic of mentoring and coaching in international firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark is a 1st Year Postgraduate Research Student with the Centre for Global Learning at Coventry University. His research investigates Collaborative Online International Learning and encompasses themes of Internationalisation, Global Citizenship, Function of Higher Education and Sustainable Development. He has a background of employment in higher education with a strong interest in widening the participation of under-represented groups and the use of group work in teaching email@example.com
dr. Jos Beelen
Jos Beelen has a bachelor’s in history and a master’s in Classical Archaeology from the University of Amsterdam. During his master’s he spent a year doing archaeological fieldwork in Turkey. He obtained his doctoral degree from the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. His thesis focused on the obstacles and enablers to internationalising learning outcomes by academics. Jos worked as a lecturer at Inholland University of Applied Sciences and as international officer, policy advisor and researcher at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Jos is Visiting Professor at the Centre for Global Learning at Coventry University.firstname.lastname@example.org
Internationalisation at Home activities in different academic disciplines
iKUDU: developing the concept of Internationlisation of the Curriculum through COIL virtual Exchange projects between South African and European Higher Education Institutes
The iKUDU project is an EU-funded capacity building project focused on setting up a community of practice on COIL and the role that this can play in the internationalisation of the curriculum. It involves 10 Higher Education Institutions, five in South Africa and five in Europe, including THUAS. The project consists of two main teams.
Virtual collaboration for international learning
Internationalisation at home: reinventing the wheel in the STEM disciplines
A deeper dig into Global Learning
Internationalising learning outcomes at The Hague University of Applied Sciences
Leading internationalisation in higher education: People and policies
Leading internationalisation in higher education: People and policies
On 13 June 2018, Susana Menéndez said farewell as a member of the Executive Board of The Hague University of Applied Sciences. To mark that occasion, a symposium was held on leadership in the internationalisation of higher education, of which Susana has been a champion over the past ten years.
The publication that accompanies the symposium contains portraits of THUAS staff involved in internationalization in a wide range of roles but also of students. In addition, the publication includes five articles, highlighting aspects of leadership in internationalisation.
Beelen, J., & Walenkamp, J. (2018). Leading internationalisation in higher education: People and policies. Portraits and papers presented to Susana Menéndez on the occasion of her farewell as a member of the Executive Board of The Hague University of Applied Sciences.Download book (pdf)
In the media
- Advancing Internationalization at Home from Different Roles - An Interview with Dr. Jos Beelen - SFU Ed Review Journal 16-12-2019
- Advancing Internationalisation at Home: 5 key insights - EAIE Blog 24-01-2019
- Virtual collaboration for international learning - EAIE Blog 01-05-2019
- Integrating internationalised learning outcomes - EAIE Blog 13-03-2019
- THUAS implements IKUDU - H|Nieuws 31-10-2019
- Webinar: How to implement Internationalisation at Home - European Association for International Education
- Advancing Internationalisation at Home: 5 key insights - Blog by Eveke Louw, Jos Beelen, Elpeth Jones , EAIE.org 24-01-2019
- ‘We can make all the difference with internationalisation at home’ - H|NIEUWS 21-09-2018