I started studying international business administration in my late thirties in an extra-occupational university programme Vanessa worked in as an English lecturer. All students inscribed in the programme were professionally experienced, many of us internationally.

At the beginning, some of us were accordingly afraid that English lectures might just be a continuation of Grammar school lessons only with business oriented contents. Fortunately, Vanessa’s lectures turned out to be more than that.

She proved to be able to transfer her own intercultural experience and sensitivity to others in a motivating way. Participating in her lectures was highly rewarding. Without the insights gained during her lectures I might not have chosen to go for a Master’s degree in cross-cultural communication afterwards.