Deutsch Intern
Institute of Education

Prof. (H) Dr. Dr. H.c. mult. Heribert Hinzen

Heribert Hinzen, Prof.(H) Dr. Dr. h.c. mult., is a senior consultant on adult education and lifelong learning for sustainable development. He worked for DVV International for almost four decades, both in headquarters and in offices in Sierra Leone, Hungary and Lao PDR. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Pécs in Hungary as well as the Universities of Bukarest and Iasi in Romania, and teaches comparative adult education at the University of Würzburg for the last decade. He has served as Vice-President of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) and the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA), and is currently Vice-President of the global network for Promoting, Interrogating and Mobilising Adult learning and education (PIMA). He was a member of the CONFINTEA VI Consultative Group, the UN Literacy Decade Expert Group, the UNESCO Reference Group on Higher Education for EFA, and a delegate to the World Education Fora of 2000 and 2015. He was inducted to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2006. He is an Honorary Fellow of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning.

  • Adult education within lifelong learning
  • Citizenship and education for sustainable development
  • Policy, legislation and financing of ALE
  • Professionalzation and institutionalization

  • Lifelong Learning: International Perspectives and Policies 

  1.  Duke, C., Hinzen, H., & Sarrazin, R. (Eds.) (2021). Public Financing of Popular Adult Learning and Education (ALE). Experience, lessons and recommendations from 14 country and case studies. Bonn: DVV International.
  2.  Hinzen, H., Klement, C., Klun, J., Németh, B. (2022). Local experiences and global commitments in citizenship education and adult learning in communities: Comparative perspectives on Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Slovenia. In: Sisyphus. Jornal of Education, Vol. 10, 2, 129-155. DOI:
  3.  Hinzen, H., Meilhammer, E. (2022). 100 years of Volkshochschule in Germany – 50 years of DVV International: Signposts for local and global comparative perspectives on adult learning and education. Int Rev Educ 68, 125–154 (2022).
  4.  Denholm, J., Hinzen, H., Németh, B., Phuoc, K. (Eds.) (2022). Special Issue on CONFINTEA. PIMA Bulletin, 44.
  5.  Belete, S., Duke, C., Hinzen, H., Owusu-Boampong, A., Phuoc, K. H. (2022). Community Learning Centres (CLCs) for Adult Learning and Education (ALE): development in and by communities. In: International Review of Education, 68:259–290