Prof. Dr. Dieter Lenzen

Fields of knowledge: Philosophy, Education

In his current publication of more than 1,000, Dieter Lenzen analyses the situation of the postsecondary education sector and designs perspectives for its future: How can the three globally existing university traditions, the continental European, Atlantic and East Asian systems, coexist in a globalised world? How can it be prevented that the central task of continental European universities is no longer the formation of critically thinking personalities, but only vocational training? What could a reform of the Bologna Reform look like? Dieter Lenzen seeks and finds answers.


Education is an imposition, training is an offer.


Short vita

Dieter Lenzen, born 1947, studied educational science, philosophy and German, English and Dutch philology in Münster. He received his doctorate in 1973 and worked for the Ministry of Culture of North Rhine-Westphalia from 1973 to 1975. From 1975 to 1977 Lenzen taught as Professor of Educational Science in Münster. From 1977 he was Professor of Philosophy of Education at the Freie Universität Berlin. Between 1986 and 1994, he held guest professorships at Stanford, Columbia, Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Nagoya Universities. Lenzen was President of Freie Universität Berlin from 2003 to 2010. He has been Chairman of the Education Action Council since 2005 and was Vice President of the German Rectors' Conference from 2007 to 2016. Lenzen has been President of the University of Hamburg since March 1, 2010.  

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