Heddas director and the leader of Heddas master programme, professor Peter Maassen is celebrating his 60th jubileum these days. The event was celebrated at the University of Oslo with an academic seminar on universities as knowledge organizations, as well as a Festschrift covering key themes of Peter Maassens research work. The Festschrift included contributions from his longstanding colleagues as well as a numer of Hedda alumni who have proceeded to acadremic careers.
We would like to extend our congratulations, also on behalf of Heddas students and alumni. Many of the alumni contributed to the Festschrift, but in this post, we would also like to extend a few additional greetings from Hedda alumni!
Leasa Weimer: Dear Peter, Sending you BIG birthday wishes on an OH so special year. Looking back on my post graduate studies you were instrumental to my professional development in so many ways: helping me find an academic voice and encouraging me to pursue a PhD. The wisdom I gained from you concerning not only European but also global higher education continues to pay career dividends. I am grateful!
Kristi Barcus: Happy birthday, Peter! It has been a fun 10 years together. First as a student and now as part of the HEDDA team. It has been a fun ride so far, with HEEM, NOMA, HE, Quota Sandwich, and so much more. Working with you has been a great, although sometimes stressful, experience. I look forward to what the next fun project will be! Enjoy your birthday!
Yulia Popruzhenko: Once in Portugal, our group made Peter participate in ‘the story of my life’ game; he named 3 things that influenced his life choices, and one was a world atlas from his childhood. This resonated with me, who at that time had just been off the system that taught geography much like astronomy. Till today, I very much enjoy having the memory of that feeling, that never fails to tune up my thinking when it comes to options and limits for mind and inspiration to travel. Thank you and Happy Birthday. Wishing you safe and fun travels forward!
Kreangchai Rungfamai: Greeting and big hugs from Thailand. Still remember the time when you went to the first trip with HEEM students, and talked with us one by one on the bus. Thank you so much for providing me the good environments, both academically and culturally, when I studied there in Europe
Mari Elken: Happy birthday! It has been an honour to be a “product” of the Oslo master programme, and it has been a wonderful learning experience. You really have had a long lasting impact on higher education research with the Master programme in Oslo, and your many contributions to the research field.
Inês Proença: Dear Peter, I wish you a lovely birthday! Thank you for all the knowledge, kindness and experiences you have transmitted to us. Now that I work in a university I remember so often all that you taught us, and it all makes perfect sense. The HEEM programme that you helped create has changed my life for better in so many ways, I will always be grateful to you for this! Enjoy your day and be happy!
Ane Lillehammer: One piece of advice from one of Peters lectures that continues to affect me is that you have to take a step back, and look at what you are dealing with from the outside! I really like it because it is applicable in so many aspects of life!