About the ATP-Foundation
The ATP-Foundation was set up in memory of Annegien Tegelaar-Prins (August 7, 1978 – 23 May 2008). Annegien worked at the Erasmus University and was keen on traveling, entrepreneurial and encouraged her students – as well as her own family and friends – to discover the world.
‘After graduating from Erasmus University Rotterdam, she took the position of coordinator Internationalization. She taught first year students at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and also played a role in the information department of the faculty FHKW. Annegien did her work with great dedication and enthusiasm. The international exchange of students had her heart. She inspired and encouraged many students to study abroad. Around the world she arranged the best study locations for them. She promoted the exchange program with foreign partner universities and it is absolutely due to her efforts that the number of exchange students has increased considerably in recent years. Foreign students who came to the faculty were warmly welcomed by her. Annegien was so vital and enterprising. She took everything that came her way. Always enthusiastic and full of new plans and ideas. For our faculty, she was an excellent ambassador.’– Sonja Braber, chief education office Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2008.
To continue her enthusiasm and drive for traveling and exploring the world after her death in 2008, the ATP-Foundation was setup. The Foundation aims to support a number of students with their studies abroad. At least as important as the actual study, the ATP Foundation wants students to realize what inspired them during this period. So that this inspiration may inspire others to study abroad too.
The purple Protea logo of the foundation was chosen for the resemblance between the flower and Annegien. The Protea is named after the Greek god Proteus who was able to adapt his appearance and plans at any moment. The Protea is found at the most wild and remote places, notably in South Africa and is a symbol of courage and diversity.