Centre of Expertise Global and Inclusive Learning

Research Group Global Learning

This research group aims to contribute to enabling all students at The Hague University of Applied Sciences to acquire global knowledge and skills. This global dimension is essential for all students and is therefore considered an integral component of all programmes at THUAS.

About the research group

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.

Research themes
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.
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Leading in Internalisation at Home

About the professor

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.

“L’imagination gouverne le monde” (Imagination rules the world) Napoleon Bonaparte


Internationalisation at Home activities in different academic disciplines

Internationalisation at Home activities in different academic disciplines

This study aims to establish how Internationalisation at Home (IaH) is implemented in different disciplinary categories based on the concept of academic tribes, if certain IaH activities are prioritised over others, and what rationales are applied in the choices of IaH activities in different disciplines. A range of degree programmes at THUAS, representing the different disciplinary categories, have been selected for this study to explore patters (if any) in their choices of IaH activities
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iKUDU: developing the concept of Internationlisation of the Curriculum through COIL virtual Exchange projects between South African and European Higher Education Institutes

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.

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