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Guijuan GaoGuijuan Gao

completed a PhD at Huazhong University of Science & Technology (HUST), China, is an associate professor in the Higher Education Research Institute and a part-time researcher in the Center for Germany Study, Tongji University, Shinghai, a column writer on innovation and entrepreneurship education for a Chinese think-tank. Her research area is higher education policy and management focusing on higher education quality assurance, academic governance, innovation and entrepreneurship education. She had visits as a visiting scholar in School of Education Studies, Ohio State University, US (September 2013 to September 2014) and guest researcher at CHEPS, University of Twente (March 2016). She can be contacted by Email address:


Jay Dee

Professor Jay R. Dee is the director of the Higher Education Doctoral Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA. His research interests include organizational theory, higher education governance, faculty professional development, and the academic work environment. He has conducted several research studies that have examined academic leadership in colleges and universities. Professor Dee is the co-author (with James Bess) of Understanding College and University Organization: Theories for Effective Policy and Practice (Stylus, 2008), as well as Bridging the Divide between Faculty and Administration: Understanding Conflict in the Academy (Routledge, 2014).


Jin Tao

is a student in the MARIHE programme. She graduated from Ecole Centrale de Pékin (Sino-French Engineer School) of Beihang University (Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics) in 2013 and furthermore has a bachelor degree in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.


Mabel Sánchez Barrioluengo

is a junior researcher in Ingenio (CSIC-UPV). She has done a 3-months visit to CHEPS with an EU-SPRI PhD Circulation Award. She graduated in Statistics at the University of Salamanca and University Miguel Hernandez (Spain) and obtained her PhD at the Technical University of Valencia in 2015. Her main areas of research are higher education, university-society relationship, human capital and labor economics. Mabel has published some works in international journals like Research Policy, Science and Public Policy or Scientomentrics. Currently she is participating in an project analyzing the contribution of higher education to innovation capacity in the EU.

             Mateusz Bucholski

is a student in the Research Master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, where he had previously completed the Bachelor degree in European Studies. As an assistant to Dr. Paul Benneworth in late 2016, he was involved in the CHEPS research project “OPENUNI” about the roles of Bachelor and Master students within university-based knowledge production practices. Beyond higher education studies, his other interests include philosophy and sociology of science, science and technology studies, and continental philosophy.


Myroslava Hladchenko

Candidate of Sciences in Education (2008), associate professor (docent) at the Faculty of Education and Humanities National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine. Myroslava participated as a visiting scholar in MARIHE program (2013) and had visits as an invited researcher to the International Centre for Higher Education Research-Kassel, University Kassel (2015) and Observatory of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lausanne (2015). She can be found on LinkedIn.


Nowreen Yasmin

is a student of the MARIHE programme. Before this however she worked within the Educational Research unit of BRAC in Bangladesh. Nowreen has a bachelor and master degree in the field of Education and Education Research from the University of Dhaka where she graduated in 2013. Her ambition is to pursue a career in the field of Education. She can be found on LinkedIn.

Ola Mostafa

is a MARIHE student who is doing her master degree in higher education management. Her bachelor degree was in English linguistics and translation. Her work experience was mainly as administrative coordinator in several  universities in Egypt.


Olga Tzafea

is a  PhD Candidate of Sociology of Higher Education (2013), research assistant at the Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of University of Ioannina in Greece.The title of her thesis is: ‘The relationship between students’ experience (academic paths) and their labour market transition according to the socioeconomic background’. Olga has a bachelor and master degree in the field of Education. Her research interests include, but are not limited to social inequalities, social inclusion in higher education, retention and drop out, labour market transition. Olga participated as a visiting scholar in Center of Higher Education Policies (2015). She can be found on LinkedIn.

Rainer Mensing

is a student of BSc programme International Business Administration at the University of Twente. From 2015 to 2016 he was part of the student representative board for Internationalization and Integration at the University of Twente as well as student member of the faculty council of the Behavioural,  Management and Social Sciences faculty (BMS). As research intern at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) he did a market research about international student recruitment in cooperation with the Marketing & Communications department. He can be found on LinkedIn.

Willem-Jan Velderman

is a student Public Administration, research assistant of Dr. Paul Benneworth at the University of Twente, the Netherlands and is currently working on the Plugging In Smart Citizens as Experts project (case: waste water injection in northeast Twente). He is currently also providing assistance for two local government research and information organisations, viz. the Twente Municipal Clerk’s group and Kennispunt Twente. He can be found on LinkedIn.