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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Jane Knight

Jane Knight
Adjunct Professor


Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Research Overview

Dr. Jane Knight, Adjunct Professor at OISE/University of Toronto focuses her research on the international dimension of higher education at the institutional, national, regional and international levels and knowledge diplomacy- the role of international higher education, research and innovation in international relations.  Her work in over 70 countries with universities, governments, and UN Agencies helps to bring a comparative, development and international perspective to her research, teaching and policy work. She is the author of numerous publications and is the co-founder of the African Network for the Internationalization of Education and sits on the advisory boards of several international organizations, universities, and journals. She is the recipient of many international awards including two honorary doctorates,  the Outstanding Researcher Award from the European Association for Institutional Research and the Gilbert Medal from Universitas 21.

Selected Professional Activites and Awards

2020 Appointed member of International Advisory Board, Symbiosis University, India
2017-20 Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Ali Mazrui Centre for Higher Education Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
2017 Co-founder of Book Series on Higher Education in Africa: Developments and Perspectives, Brill 2016 Awarded Honorary Doctor of Letters from Symbiosis University, India 2015 Appointed member of International Advisory Board, Sophia University, Japan 2013-2014 Visiting Research Faculty at Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, United Arab Emirates 2013 Recipient of Gilbert Medal for Research and Policy Work on Internationalization, Universitas 21. 2013 Appointed member of International Advisory Council, Gottingen University, Germany 2010 Awarded Honorary LLD from University of Exeter, UK

Representative Publications - Books

Knight, J. (2022) Knowledge Diplomacy in International Relations and Higher education. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Nature (forthcoming)
Knight, J. (2020) Internacionalizacao da Educacao Superior: conceitos, tendencias e desafios (Internationalization of Higher Education: concepts, trends and challenges) Oikos Publishers, Brazil.
Knight, J. and E. Tadesse Woldegiorgis (2017) Regionalization of African Higher Education: Progress and Prospects. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers 249 pp
Knight, J. (2014) International Education Hubs: Student, Talent, Knowledge Models. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Publishers 251pp
Sehoole C. and J. Knight (eds) (2013) Internationalization of African Higher Education-towards achieving the MDGs . Rotterdam. Netherlands: Sense Publishers 201pp
Knight, J. (ed) (2009) Financing Access and Equity in Higher Education. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers 235pp
Knight, J. (2008) Higher Education in Turmoil: The Changing World of Internationalization. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers. 241pp ( available in Chinese)
Teferra, D. and J. Knight (eds) (2008) Higher Education in Africa: The International Dimension. Association of African Universities. Accra, Ghana. 445 pp (available in Chinese)
Knight, J. (2006) Internationalization of Higher Education: New Directions, New Challenges. 2005 IAU Global Survey Report. International Association of Universities. Paris. France 172pp