“I’m glad I don’t have to choose between all of my activities. But I feel most appreciated when I’m teaching a roomful of students.” — Danny Mekić
Danny was 22 when he was asked if he wanted to be a student assistant and teach study groups by the dean of the Faculty of Jurisprudence at the University of Amsterdam, prof. mr. Edgar du Perron LLM. Danny was hesitant about it, being just a second year law student himself. “Can a 22-year-old student really be a good teacher?” But he was offered the opportunity to follow an extensive training in teaching skills. It paid off: his worries disappeared when he heard the students of his three first-year study groups scored above average on their exams, and his work as a teacher gave him a lot of joy and fulfilment.
Danny was later appointed as a teacher at the University of Leiden, where among other things he was a teacher at the National Trainee Programme, and was proclaimed ‘guest lecturer of the year’ by students at Fontys Hogescholen ACI/DPI.
He also gave the introductory lecture ‘Effective Studying’ at the University of Amsterdam for new students of Jurisprudence, a lecture that has now gotten more than 100,000 views on YouTube. Soon after that, the Eindhoven University of Technology invited Danny to be a speaker at an academic year opening whose theme was ‘Appetite for Ambition’. He gave a speech that has now gotten over 150,000 views on YouTube. He also made an appearance as the keynote speaker at the ten-year anniversary of the Communication Sciences programme at the Vrije Universiteit, where he surprised the audience by arguing that communication is disappearing as a result of increased interaction with technology.
During the following years, Danny taught as a highly popular guest lecturer at nearly every college and university in the Netherlands, and was given the highest rating as a teacher within the Innovation programme at Nyenrode Business University. Teaching is not only something he enjoys and finds deeply fulfilling, he also turned out to be exceptionally good at it, and after being published in the Financial Times and The Times and being mentioned in The Economist, he also made his debut abroad.
Danny has studied Jurisprudence, with a specialisation in civil law and information law, but also took courses from the Economy, Psychology and Communication Sciences programmes. His guest lectures are topical, clever and witty (during a lecture on privacy at the Vrije Universiteit he surprised his audience with embarrassing photos of each of them that he could find online) and combine both theory and practice, but most of all, he has a way of conveying knowledge in a fun and interactive way.
Some subjects Danny regularly gives lectures on:
- Internet Law and Privacy;
- How to start a company;
- Networking and Personal Branding;
- Social Media and E-commerce;
Danny has presented (guest) lectures at:
- University of Amsterdam;
- VU University Amsterdam;
- Leiden University;
- University of Applied Sciences Leiden;
- Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e);
- Delft University of Technology;
- Erasmus University Rotterdam;
- Maastricht University;
- University of Applied Sciences Fontys;
- Twente University;
- University of Applied Sciences Avans;
- Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences;
- University of Applied Sciences TIO;
- Police Academy of The Netherlands;
- University of Applied Sciences Saxion;
- University of Applied Sciences Team Academy;
- University of Applied Sciences Zuyd;
- Radboud University Nijmegen;
- University of Groningen;
- Wageningen University;
- Tilburg Univeristy;
- Nyenrode Business University;
- University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam;
- University of Applied Sciences Utrecht;
- University of Applied Sciences NHTV;
- and others.
Danny’s guest lectures are also provided in the form of workshops taught by trainers trained by him. If you’d like to invite Danny to give a lecture, or if you’re interested in the workshops and training sessions he’s developed, use the contact form below and a staff member will contact you within 48 hours. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!