Regina Egetenmeyer-Neher

Regina Egetenmeyer-Neher

Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Regina Egetenmeyer-Neher views adult education as having the power to provide a humane answer for societal needs and challenges by supporting the development potential of all adults, as well as playing a central role in the development of peace and human dignity around the globe.

Her transcultural-dialogic approach has created an international dialogic platform in adult and continuing education that brings together international students and professors to study and research.

So far, Egetenmeyer-Neher’s Winter School has brought more than 500 doctoral and master’s students and more than 100 professors in adult and continuing education from more than 40 countries to the University of Würzburg in Germany. The collaborative work done there each February allows participants to explore adult and continuing education from different perspectives, while strengthening the discipline immeasurably by creating an international network between university professors, practitioners, doctoral students, and master’s students in adult and continuing education.

She developed the Cube for Comparative Adult Education, a didactic and methodological approach to developing teaching and research excellence in the field of comparative adult and continuing education with the goal of creating ambitious young researchers. The Cube helps these researchers prepare their first papers in a joint international authorship for publishing in peer-reviewed, international-comparative edited volumes.

Egetenmeyer-Neher has published more than 140 publications and delivered more than 110 public presentations. Together with partner universities, she published the first book for the development and implementation of International Joint Modules, which led to a structural integration of internationalization in studies in adult and continuing education.

Her innovative teaching approach has received awards throughout Germany and Europe, with ERASMUS Intensive Programme (2013-2014), ERASMUS+-Strategic Partnerships COMPALL (2016-2018) and INTALL (2018-2021), Best Practice of DAAD Summer Schools (2018), and Best Practice of German Rectors’ Conference in Higher Education (2018) all recognizing the importance of her work.

Egetenmeyer-Neher has served as a professor for Adult and Continuing Education for the University of Würzburg since 2013 and a visiting professor for the International Institute of Adult and Lifelong Education in New Delhi, India, since 2014. She also serves as a board member for the Africa Center and the interdisciplinary teaching project “Global Systems and Intercultural Competencies” at the University of Würzburg, the International Society for Comparative Adult Education, and the editorial group of the Journal Erwachsenenbidung. Vierteljahresschrift für Theorie und Praxis (Journal for Adult Education, Quarterly Paper for Theory and Practice).