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Conference "Universities and Lifelong Learning"

Conference "Universities and Lifelong Learning"
Date: 10.03. - 11.03.2008
Venue: Brdo
Policy area: Education, Youth and Culture
Type of event: Conferences and Expert Meetings

The purpose of the high-level Conference organised by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology under the Slovenian EU Council Presidency is to review different concepts of lifelong learning in the higher education sector, identify common ground, exchange good practices in the organisation and practical implementation of lifelong learning and identify points where lifelong learning meshes with the national qualifications framework.

Europe’s higher education sector faces challenges posed by demographic, structural and institutional changes, broader autonomy in all areas of activities and the requirements of the Lisbon Strategy, aimed at making the European economy a world leader. For some time individuals’ motivation for lifelong learning has been the driving force of economic progress, while personal growth and ever higher qualifications have been the basis of a successful career and life for an individual.

Higher education is slowly but surely being incorporated into lifelong learning, where it now plays an increasingly important role, alongside other regional partners. Research shows that understanding of the concept of lifelong learning differs widely across the higher education sector, leading to different strategic guidelines, different practical solutions and different ways in which lifelong learning programmes are organised, as well as differences in the recognition of non-formal knowledge and in the classification of qualifications according to different scales or frameworks.

The conference will be attended by representatives of EU Member States and the countries of the Western Balkans, officials from the ministries responsible for higher education and experts from higher education institutions. The invited guests include representatives of the European Commission and from EUCEN, EUA, ESU, ETUC and the OECD.


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Date: 10.03.2008