The Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore promotes and conducts research, training and policy analysis to strengthen the international dimensions of higher education. Founded in 2012, CHEI organises seminars, conferences, training courses and workshops; designs, conducts and commissions research; disseminates results through publications and conferences; and offers one of the only doctoral programs in the world focused on higher education internationalisation in conjuction with the Faculty of Education and other Università Cattolica Faculties.
The Centre is positioned directly under the Rector of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Prof. Franco Anelli, and is headed by Prof. Hans de Wit under a Management Board presided by the Rector's Delegate for Internationalisation of the University, Prof. Pier Sandro Cocconcelli, and advised by a Scientific Committee, chaired by Prof. John K. Hudzik, Michigan State University.
CHEI aims to contribute to research and professional practice in higher education internationalisation at Università Cattolica, in Italy, across Europe, and globally, through extensive outreach in activities and affiliation with leaders and practitioners in the field. Five countries across three continents are represented within the leadership and management group of CHEI. Regular participation in international conferences on higher education internationalisation support ongoing engagement in dialogue on national and regional priorities and emerging issues.
CHEI is based at Università Cattolica's Milan campus.
With the diverse and rapidly growing area of higher education internationalisation, the work of CHEI is concentrated within four key areas:
1. Emerging trends in internationalisation: policies, strategy, mobility, recruitment, internationalisation of the curriculum
2. Rationales for internationalisation: economic drivers, political factors, social/cultural motives, educational rationales
3. International education and institutional development: university internationalisation strategy development; using research to develop policy on international education; incorporating at home and abroad dimensions into institutional strategy; using data to shape institutional strategy
4. Internationalisation of Italian universities in the European and global context: creating a forum for dialogue for Italian institutions