Malaika Serrano graduated on June 28, 2023.

Malaika is VP for Diversity and Inclusion at WorldStrides, a student educational travel company in the USA. Her research interest centred around institutional barriers and unconscious biases in study abroad program design, which deter historically marginalized students from participating. Malaika's doctoral thesis was entitled "Education abroad for all: moving beyond deficit narratives ans amplifying the voices of historically marginalized students".

Malaika joined the PhD programme in 2019 and her supervisors were Elspeth Jones and Ly Tran.


Elena Ovchinnikova graduated on May 23, 2023. Elena's thesis was entitled "Linguistic Proximity and Foreign Language Skills as Drivers of International Student Mobility".
Elena is Assistant Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Humanities and Director of the International Affairs Office at the New Economic School in Moscow. She is a CHEI Fellow and a member of the COST Action ‘European Network on International Student Mobility: Connecting Research and Practice’. Elena is a graduate of the Moscow State Linguistic University. 

Elena joined the PhD programme in 2018 and her supervisors were Elspeth Jones and Christof van Mol.

Dawn Wood graduated on May 23, 2023.

She's serves as the Dean of Global Learning at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa, US.  With over 25 years of experience in international education, she is responsible for forwarding the global vision and comprehensive internationalization of Kirkwood Community College. 

Her research interests include inclusive internationalization, higher education for society, and specifically the impact on low income, first generation, technical and rural populations.  Her aspiration is to provide a voice for underrepresented students within internationalization research. Dawn's thesis was entitled "Exploring interculturality in low-income, first-generation, technical, and rural (LIFTR) populations: lessons learned from LIFTR students at a U.S. community college". Her supervisors were Hans de Wit and Rosalind Raby


Liudmila Pliner graduated on September 26, 2022.

She's Head of International Affairs Office and also teaches at the Graduate School of Economics and Management, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg - the largest federal university in Russia. She has experience of conducting regional research as part of a think tank in Russia. Combined with her current work, this has led to her interest in the development of universities in Russian regions.

Liudmila joined the PhD Programme in 2017. Her research focuses on the impact of the Russian Excellence Initiative on internationalisation of regional universities. Her main supervisor was Fiona Hunter and her co-supervisor Hans de Wit.

Jennifer graduated on September 26, 2022.

She is  Assistant Vice Provost for Academic and Global Engagement in the Office of the University Provost at Arizona State University. In this role she works to advance the internationalization of the undergraduate student experience, support student success through the use of innovative advising processes and technology platforms, and advance the development of global-ready graduates. She is functional director for the nationally-known eAdvisor online advising tool suite, and other curricular initiatives such as Degree Search and the Academic Catalog. She has also worked to build and operationalise me3, bringing this interactive major and career experience to over 400,000 users since 2015.

Jennifer joined the PhD programme in 2018. Her research was aimed to understand the motivations of the online learner with regards to study abroad; their expectations regarding how that experience may benefit them personally, academically and professionally; and how the experience changes their beliefs, attitudes and values. Her supervisors were John Hudzik and Chris Ziguras with Craig Shealy as consultant for the BEVI. 

Jérôme Rickmann graduated on 27 September 2021.

Jérôme Rickmann has been working in international higher education since 2007. He currently serves as Senior Advisor Global Engagement for Aalto University (Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Finland). He is also an independent consultant for internationalisation. He previously worked as Head of Global Insights & Engagement Strategies for Finland University Inc., a Finnish education export company owned by the University of Eastern Finland, Tampere, Turku and Abo Akademi.

Jérôme joined the PhD Programme in 2017. His research focused on organisational change at Swedish universities resulting from the introduction of tuition fees for international students. His supervisors were Chris Ziguras and  Betty Leask.

Congratulations to Dolly Predovic on the award of her PhD on 13 July 2021!

Dolly Predovic is the founder and CEO of Career Paths, an Italian consulting company operating in the field of education. After 20 years as Professor of Corporate Finance at Bocconi University, she ended her academic career as the Director of the Master programme in Corporate Finance. In 1990 she was instrumental in the planning and realization of Bocconi University’s first international MBA, which then opened the doors to the internationalisation of the university. She later held the positions of Director of the International Executive Education Division and Professor of Corporate Finance and Valuation for the MBA. She has published a number of papers and books, in particular on topics of valuation with a focus on brand valuation.

Dolly's doctoral thesis was entitled "International internships: a digital game-based assessment approach to measuring the transformation of employability skills into behaviors".  She conducted her research under the supervision of Elspeth Jones and John L. Dennis.

Congratulations to Amit on her graduation on 6 December 2019!

Amit Marantz-Gal is an English lecturer and former head of English for Academic Purposes at Sapir College, Israel's biggest public college, located in the western Negev region. Over the past 6 years she has actively participated on behalf of Sapir in several TEMPUS / ERASMUS projects (EFA, IRIS & IN2IT), and is now developing and leading a workshop for academic faculty on Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC) and English as Medium of Instruction (EMI) as part of the TULIP program for IoC at Sapir.

Amit joined the PhD Programme in 2016 and her research focused on Internationalisation of the Curriculum in Israeli colleges. 

Her main supervisor was Betty Leask and her co-supervisor was Fiona Hunter.

Congratulations to Ann on her graduation on 13 December 2019!

Ann Hubbard is an Assistant Dean in the Global Programs & Strategies Alliance at the University of Minnesota (USA), responsible for leading the Learning Abroad Center. Her experience in a campus-based education abroad office led to her conducting intercultural training, developing faculty-led programs, and teaching an honors seminar. She also developed a workshop series aimed at encouraging students to reflect on what they can gain from participating in study aboard programmes. Ann's research focused on the role of critical reflection in helping students articulate the transferable skills developed from study abroad. 

Ann joined the CHEI PhD Programme in 2016. Her main supervisor was Stephen Dunnett and her co-supervisor was Cinzia Di Dio.

Visnja graduated on 20 December 2018.

Visnja Schampers-Car was born in Croatia but has been living and working in the Netherlands since 1996. She is currently teaching on an MBA programme at the Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Deventer. Her doctoral thesis was entitled: "Catholic Universities: Identity and Internationalisation. Exploring the links in four Catholic Universities in Europe". Visnja's most recent publication is Identity and Internationalization in Catholic Universities: Exploring Institutional Pathways in Context, co-edited with Hans de Wit, Fiona Hunter et al.

Visnja joined the PhD Programme in 2015. Her main supervisor was Fiona Hunter and she was co-supervised by the late Giuseppe Mari.

Ravi Ammigan graduated on 8 November 2018.

Ravi Ammigan was appointed Associate Deputy Provost, International Programs, at the University of Delaware, USA, in April 2019. He had previously held the post of Executive Director of International Services for six years.

His doctoral research focused on the international student experience and satisfaction with campus living, learning and support services at institutions around the world. Ravi's thesis was intitled "The international student experience: a comparative study of student satisfaction across institutions of higher education in Australia, the UK, and the USA".
Ravi's main supervisor was Elspeth Jones and his co-supervisor was John L. Dennis.
He is a current member of the CHEI Academic Board.


Congratulations to Felix on his graduation on 23 March 2018!

Title of Research: The Assessment and Cultivation of Global Identity through Study Abroad: Understanding Formative Variables as Mediators and Moderators of Global Identity

Supervisor: Craig Shealy

Home Institution: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia



Congratulations to Jos Beelen on the award of his PhD on 28 February 2017!

Title of Research: Obstacles and enablers to internationalising learning outcomes in Dutch universities of applied sciences

Jos' main supervisor was Hans de Wit, his co-Supervisor was Betty Leask.

Home Institution: Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Jos was appointed Professor of Global Learning at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in November 2017.


Jeanine graduated on 15 December 2016.
She's a researcher and practitioner with a focus on the internationalisation of higher education, intercultural and global competence development, and education for sustainable development.
Jeanine obtained her PhD in higher education with a thesis entitled  
"The impact of an international university environment on students' intercultural competence development".  Her supervisor was Hans de Wit and her co-Supervisor was Betty Leask.
She  is a current member of the CHEI Academic Board.


Congratulations to Gabriele on her graduation on 23 March 2016!

Title of Research: Action Research towards a Sustainable Pedagogy: Development of Intercultural Competence in the Context of Institutional Commitment to Internationalisation and the Preparation of Students for Global Citizenship

Supervisor: Hans de Wit

Co-Supervisor: Elspeth Jones

Home Institution: Bellarmine University, Kentucky, USA