Visiting Professors

Dr. Jos Beelen, Visiting Professor

Dr. Jos Beelen is Professor of Global Learning at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, where he leads a research group that explores the internationalisation home curricula in higher education.

He is affiliated to the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan and was a visiting scholar at the Centre for International Higher Education (CIHE) at Boston College in 2016.

He acts as the Executive Secretary to the Centre of Expertise for Global Learning, a network of professors and researchers in international education at Dutch universities of applied sciences.

His research interests focus on internationalisation of curricula, particularly the roles and skills of academics in internationalisation processes. Over the past years, he has conducted action research with academics and other stakeholders to identify obstacles and develop enablers for internationalisation of curricula. This resulted in a range of articles and book chapters. He acts as reviewer for the Journal of Studies in International Education (JSIE).

For the European Association of International Education (EAIE), he was the editor of the ‘toolkit’ Implementing Internationalisation at Home (2007) and chaired the Special Interest Group (2004-2014) and subsequently the Expert Community (2014-2016) Internationalisation at Home. He is currently a member of EAIE’s publications committee as well as a certified senior EAIE-trainer. He has contributed to the EAIE Academies since 2011.

As consultant on the implementation of internationalisation at home, Jos has worked with universities in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Austria and Flanders as well as in South Africa, Australia, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Russia. 

Jos holds a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Classical Archaeology from the University of Amsterdam as well as a PhD in education from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

Professor Daniel Burgos, Visiting Professor

Vice-chancellor for Knowledge Transfer & Technology, at Universidad Internacional de La Rioja

Prof. Dr. Daniel Burgos works as Full Professor of Education & Communication Technologies, Vice-chancellor for Knowledge Transfer & Technology (, UNESCO Chair on eLearning, and ICDE Chair in Open Educational Resources at Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR,, a young 100% online university with over 32.000 students, 1.000 lecturers, 300 researchers, and premises in Spain, Colombia, México, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina. 

He also leads the Research Institute of Innovation & Technology in Education (UNIR iTED,, at the same university.

At UNIR, he has worked as Vice-chancellor for Research & Technology [2011-2016], with an overall production as university of over 400 indexed-journal papers and 25 research projects, by 320 researchers, in the first 4 years of research unit. In addition, he was the founding Dean of the School of Engineering [2009-2014] with the design and launch of 10 bachelor and master degrees, an overall population of 1.000 students, 200 faculty members, and 3M Euros of turnover/year.

Previously, he was Director of Education Sector and Head of eLearning, User Experience and eInclusion Labs at the Research & Innovation Department of Atos (formerly Atos Origin:, Spain, since 2007, and as assistant professor at the Open University of the Netherlands (Welten Institute, Altogether, he has designed, implemented and-or led over 50 EU-funded research projects and 35 private-funded research, innovation & development projects.

His interests are mainly focused on Educational Technology and Innovation from a practical approach and a clear engagement with stakeholders, and specially with end-users: Adaptive/Personalised and Informal eLearning, Open Education and Open policies, Learning Analytics, Social Networks, eGames, and eLearning Specifications. He has published over 100 scientific papers and 15 books on these matters. He is or has been involved in a number of European R&D projects like, i.e. Espaq, Qareer, Intuitel, Hotel, eMundus, Edumotion, Virtual Mobility Passport, EU-University Social Responsibility, IntelLEO, Go-MyLife, Grapple, Unfold, TenCompetence, EU4ALL, NiHao, Kaleidoscope, Suma, Sister, ComeIn, et cetera. He is the only researcher who has worked in all the Networks of Excellence of Framework VII, about Technology-enhanced Learning (ProLearn, Kaleidoscope, Stellar, and Gala).

He was founder and Exec Board member of the European association for eLearning Telearc, the European Community of eLearning TELEurope, the Spanish association for eLearning TELspain, and the Mediterranean Network for Open Education OpenMed, which works with Arab and South-European countries to produce and foster Open Education national declarations, actions plans and support activities ( He also leads the Spanish pilot of the only Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) project on encouraging STEM subjects in K-12 (Inspiring Science Education,, with a practical implementation with over 5.000 schools across the 28 countries of the European Union.

He has been appointed as deputy chair (2015, 2017) and chair (2016) of the international jury for the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education. He holds five doctorate degrees, in Communication (PhD, European University, SP), Computer Science (Dr. Ing., Carlos III University, SP), Education (PhD, University of Barcelona, SP), Anthropology (PhD, University of Westminster, UK) and Business Administration (DBA, SMC University, CH).

Professor Malcolm Tight, Visiting Professor

Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University

 Malcolm Tight is Professor of Higher Education at Lancaster University, having previously worked at the University of Warwick, Birkbeck College and the Open University. His current research focuses on mapping and evaluating the state of higher education research worldwide. Recent books include Researching Higher Education (2012, Open University Press, second edition) and Higher Education Research: the developing field (2016, Bloomsbury).

He is Editor of two journals, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education and Tertiary Education and Management, and of two book series, International Perspectiveson Higher Education Research and Theory and Method in Higher Education Research (with Jeroen Huisman). He was a member of the REF Education Sub-Panel in 2014.