Mestenhauser Lecture Series on Internationalizing Higher Education

2015 Lecture

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

Friday, October 2, 2015
3M Auditorium and Atrium, Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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.
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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.

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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