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.

Inaugural lecture dr. Jos Beelen 26 September 2018 (pdf)
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. Lecturers are the key actors that enable global learning by students.

This requires us to critically examine our own educational practice and to develop the skills of our lecturers. The research group contributes insights that help lecturers to imagine internationalisation for their 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 THUAS.

The research group itself aims to operate globally: collaboration with research centres on international education, within Europe and beyond, are a key focus of the research group.

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

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.

Projects and publications


  • Together with NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, ROC Mondriaan and Stichting Confessioneel Onderwijs Leiden, the research group Global Learning has started the project ‘21st century skills in the continuing pathway for internationalization, from intermediate vocational education (MBO) and higher general secondary education (HAVO) to higher vocational education’. The project is funded by the KIEM HBO programme and started in September 2018.
  • In September 2018, THUAS has embarked on the Jean Monnet project ‘Europe in Business’ with Poznan University, The University of the West of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University.