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Christine De Lille
Assistant Professor
The Hague, Netherlands

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Jens Gijbels

Founder | Fundamentals Academy

Eindhoven, Netherlands

"Developing engaging education for future design thinkers"

Generally thinking:

Education & Academia
Business, Work & Strategy
Technology & The Future
Creativity & Design
Body, Mind & Science

My tags:

CommunityEducationEntrepreneurshipProduct DesignSocial ChangeTechnology

Very good at:
+ Engaging people
+ Making juniors aware of their own strenght
+ Using appreciative inquiry to build forward

About me & my work:

After working in higher education for about 7 years, building programs together with design entrepreneurs and academics, I felt the need to accelerate these changes in education.

So, I started my own company: Fundamentals Academy. I truly believe it's an honour if you are trusted with juniors' time for development. The people in my teams get this, and go the extra mile for engaging education that aims to have a longterm impact.

With my academy, I created a playground for educators who are curious to explore new paths, and designers eager to work with young potential. They meet in our programs, fuelling juniors with relevant stories and educators with new ways of thinking.

At this moment, we are offering turn-key project modules to existing Higher Educational Institutes (HEIs), we are starting international collaborations to strengthen impact on sustainability and health care issues, and are starting our very first professional track for recent graduates to boost their professional lifestyle.

When you're in The Netherlands, feel free to contact me! I'd love to learn more from you guys on how we can exchange perspectives!

My links:

Jens Gijbels | My personal website, but honestly just a one pager with my contact details. :)

Fundamentals Academy | The website for my academy

Designer's Identity | Our first very own program, aiming at professional development of junior graduates.


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