Mestenhauser Lecture Series on Internationalizing Higher Education

This annual lecture is named in honor of Professor Josef A. Mestenhauser. It provides an academic forum in which scholars from around the world present innovative and thought-provoking scholarship on the internationalization of higher education.

Please join us for the 2015 Mestenhauser Lecture:

The Freedom to Be: International Education and Crossing Borders with Hanneke Teekens

Friday, October 2, 2015
2:00-4:00 p.m. (light refreshments to follow)
3M Auditorium and Atrium, Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

The lecture will also be streamed live:
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International education is about crossing borders to find oneself and others. We do this by crossing physical borders, but often the most important borders are those in our heads. In her lecture, Hanneke will explore the relationship between international education and freedom and the connection with themes of identity and cultural awareness.

About the Speaker

Head shot of Hanneke Teekens, lecturerHanneke Teekens brings more than forty years of experience in education as a teacher, researcher, consultant, and manager. She retired in 2013 from the Board of Directors of NUFFIC, the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education. At NUFFIC, Hanneke was responsible for a wide range of activities, including the international NESO offices in ten countries. She was director of the Socrates National Agency and Erasmus Mundus. Before joining NUFFIC, Hanneke worked at Twente University, the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, and the Graduate School of Teaching and Learning of the University of Amsterdam. She is the founder of Climes, her own consultancy company for coaching and advise in international education.

One focus of her research regards ways to support teaching staff in ensuring and demonstrating international, intercultural, and global learning outcomes. Hanneke has worked in many countries around the world in projects and training, and has published on various aspects of international education, in particular on Internationalization at home.

Hanneke is a frequent speaker at international seminars and conferences and is currently a senior fellow of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. She is Chair of the Board of AFS Netherlands, the organization that brought her to the U.S. as an exchange student in 1966. She studied at Leyden University and holds graduate degrees in History and Education.

Previous Lectures

Click on year to learn more about the speaker, view a video of the lecture, and download lecture publications.

  • 2012-13: "Internationalizing the curriculum and student learning: Preparing graduates for the 21st century" by Professor Betty Leask, University of South Australia
  • 2011: "Cultural Diplomacy and International Understanding" by Dr. Richard Arndt, author of "The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century"
  • 2010: "Intercultural Matters: The Internationalization of Higher Education" by Dr. Jolene Koester, president California State University, Northridge
  • 2009: "Reflections on the past, present, and future of internationalizing higher education: Discovering opportunities to meet challenges" by Josef A. Mestenhauser, professor emeritus College of Education and Human Development University of Minnesota

Lecture Publications

Papers have been produced from each Mestenhauser Lecture.

2009: Dr. Josef MestenhauserBook cover

Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of Internationalizing Higher Education—Discovering Opportunities to Meet the Challenges

This book is a substantially expanded version of a presentation of the same title at the inaugural Josef A. Mestenhauser Lecture Series on Internationalizing Higher Education on October 28, 2009. Available as an e-book or print book through All proceeds will support the lecture series and related activities.

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  • Print copy available for $50.00.

2011 lecture2010: Dr. Jolene Koester

Intercultural Matters: The Internationalization of Higher Education

2011: Dr. Richard Arndt

Cultural Diplomacy and International Understanding

2012-13: Dr. Betty Leask

Internationalizing the Curriculum and Student Learning: Preparing Graduates for the 21st Century


Mestenhauser Legacy Initiative

The Mestenhauser Legacy Initiative was launched by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance in close consultation with Professor Josef Mestenhauser to recognize his legacy to international education. Through this collection of innovative programs and scholarship, we strive to honor Professor Mestenhauser's legacy of working to broaden international understanding.

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