Teaching Philosophy 

Besides research, I occasionally teach students, give guest lectures and supervise and consult master's and bachelor theses. Below are several key interconnected aspects of my teaching philosophy. I believe in the Humboldtian ideal that teaching must be based on research. I am deeply committed to the value of academic freedom.

1) Developing a sense of truth, beauty, goodness and compassion.

2) Co-learning and co-producing knowledge. I strongly believe that teaching is not a one-way direction. The best learning is a mutual learning process. 

3)Co-learning and knowledge co-production are based on the belief in the equality of all stakeholders (e.g., equality between teachers and students).

4) Encouraging free spirit and novel ideas. Freedoms of thinking and expression are paramount.

5) Promoting self-learning and exploration that are driven by curiosity. 

6) Pursuing excellence and transforming ourselves via education and practice. 

7) Exposing and opening up to diverse ideas, views and theories. 

8) Keeping an open heart that is always for dialogue and communication, including with people who strongly oppose our views.

9) Encouraging students to learn at least one language that is drastically different from their mother tongue and live in a culture that is drastically different from their culture for an extended period of time. 

10) Trying out new ideas and methods.

"Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity (Unmündigkeit). Immaturity is the inability to use one's own understanding without another's guidance. This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one's own mind without another's guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere aude.) 'Have the courage to use your own understanding,' is therefore the motto of the enlightenment."

Immanuel Kant 1798