Dr. Jensen was born on February 16, 1950, in Honduras. A year later, his parents migrate to Costa Rica, where he received his primary education in several public schools in the south and Alajuela. In 1972 he obtained the Bachelor Degree in Psychology by the University of Costa Rica. Later obtained a Master's Degree in Psychology (Diplom-Psychologe) at the University of Freiburg in the Federal Republic of Germany, in 1977, and a Doctorate in Philosophy (Psychology) in this same University, in 1981.
From that year he exerts Psychoanalytic Oriented Psychotherapy and begins his work as a professor at the University of Costa Rica. A year later, he became a guest professor at the Institute of Psychological Research and the School of Psychology at the University of Costa Rica.
Dr. Jensen has held various positions among which we can mention: director of the Institute of Psychological Research (1985-1991); Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (1991-1999); Director and co-founder of the Doctorate in Studies of Society and Culture (2002-2004); Vice Chancellor for Research (2004-2011).
He has also participated as coordinator in various research programs, including the Seventh Framework Program of the European Union. He has served as external evaluating pair of the National System of Accreditation of Higher Education (Sinaes). He has been a member of the Commissions of both the University of Costa Rica and international institutions such as the Pan American Health Organization.
Over the years he has written scientific and academic articles on various topics: Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Culture, Epistemology of Psychoanalysis, Theory of Science, Transcultural Psychology and Psychology of Early Childhood Development. He is the author and co-author of an extensive bibliographical production and has been a UCR professor since 1992.
Rector of the University of Costa Rica since May 2012, Dr. Jensen has led the creation of a scientific park consisting of a conglomerate of research networks. In September of 2013 igned the Magna Carta of European Universities, which promotes freedom of teaching, learning and university autonomy.
Extracted from his profile at: https://www.ucr.ac.cr/acerca-u/historia-simbolos/rectores/henning-jensen-pennington.html