The Centre

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. CHEI organises seminars, conferences, training courses and workshops; designs, conducts and facilitates research; disseminates results through publications and conferences; and, in conjunction with the Schools of Education and Languages at Università Cattolica, it offers one of the only doctoral programmes in the world focused on higher education internationalisation. 

CHEI aims to make a leading contribution 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. More than seven countries across five continents are represented within the leadership and management group of CHEI. Regular participation in international conferences on higher education internationalisation supports ongoing engagement in dialogue on national and regional priorities and emerging issues.   

Current Themes in Focus

  • Global national and institutional trends in internationalisation, such as: policies and strategies for internationalisation; shifting rationales for internationalisation; internationalisation at home and of the curriculum; the international student experience; mobility and transnational higher education; internationalisation and employability; international education and institutional development;
  • Internationalisation of Italian universities in the European and global context: the international student experience in Milanese universities; English as a medium of instruction in the international classroom.

About the Centre

CHEI was founded in 2012 by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, and is based at the university’s Milan campus. The centre is positioned directly under the Rector, Prof. Franco Anelli, and is headed by Prof. Amanda Murphy, with a Management Board presided over by the Rector’s Delegate for Internationalisation of the University, Prof. Pier Sandro Cocconcelli. The centre's Academic Board is chaired by Prof. Christopher Ziguras, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.