Frank Hantke

Is a vocational training expert from Germany and has lived in Kosovo for 4 years now.
After graduating from high school, he completed an apprenticeship as a car mechanic (Geselle). He
practiced this profession for two more years before studying and successfully completing mechanical
engineering, German language and pedagogy to become a vocational school teacher. Initially, he
was heavily involved in the field of educational policy on a voluntary basis and from 1982 to 1983 –
among many other functions – was an elected member of the federal executive committee of the
Education and Science Union (GEW) in Germany. He then began his political career at the German
Federation of Trade Unions, where he was also responsible for development of relations with Eastern
Europe. In 1990, Frank Hantke was one of the first West Germans to work in East Germany for the
integration of the two former German states. After that he became increasingly committed to pan-
European integration, so that from 1998 he continued his career at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung,
mostly in Eastern European countries, which also took him to all Balkan countries for almost 15
years. After his professional retirement, he would like to work as a consultant at MEISTER TC today
to help set up a future-oriented vocational school system in Kosovo.

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