25 YEARS of EUROPEA !! We asked some of the experienced EUROPEAns, former presidents, secretary generals, long-time members to share their thoughts and feelings with us.
Henrik Dethlefsen (DK), former Secretary General of EUROPEA, today a happy pensioner and a proud grandfather:
“For me and my college the EUROPEA membership has always been instrumental for the internationalization of our programs, which we have pursued for decades now. Through EUROPEA the Green Academy in Aarhus became partners in projects, which opened doors for our students to international experience by means of work placements, competitions, language training and fun. And through seminars, project meetings and visits to agricultural schools, producers and industry in almost every corner of our beautiful continent, we, the teachers and instructors, became more skilled in what we are doing.
Students and teachers alike, we always learn something from being surprised: seeing things made differently from what we use to do, meeting people doing or saying things in different ways than we have seen or heard before. – In that sense, EUROPEA is a wonderful surprise for everybody with an open mind!
Still, EUROPEA is depending on excellent people – of who I met hundreds during my years of service for the network. People who are committed and always willing to help. People who take cross border responsibility for further developing our green vocational sector. People who knows – as W.B. Yeats once put it – that “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.”
Acknowledgements: many thanks to Henrik (DK) 🙂
By Judit Covic (HU), leader of the EUROPEA Editorial Group