Education, Public policy

In cooperation with Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education, Central European University

Course date

25 June - 29 June, 2018
Application deadline:
5 March, 2018
Course Director(s): 

Pusa Nastase

Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Matyas Szabo

Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Jacques Lanares

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Attila Pausits

Danube University Krems, Austria

The introduction of lifelong learning (LLL) in European universities has been discussed extensively at policy level since the early 2000 in various contexts and with different arguments. Among others the arguments of the so called knowledge society and its need for a qualified workforce, the European demographics and the extended university's mission have all been invoked to highlight the importance of lifelong learning and the role played by HEI in helping communities and individuals to meet professional and societal challenges. Both the European Commission and the European University Association (EUA) have developed policy documents, strategies and funded programs aimed at encouraging universities to engage and take their specific share in offering lifelong learning opportunities to a wider category of learners.

In this context many European universities have set up or are considering the introduction of courses and programs aimed at non-traditional students, outside degree programs. From the data collected through the Peer Assessment of Student Centered Learning (PASCL) Erasmus+ project in which we, the course directors, were involved and our recent discussions with the Georgian Ministry of Education and with participants we met at conferences in Budapest and abroad, we became aware that most HEI face a variety of challenges in meeting the requests of policy makers to become more involved in providing LLL.

 The course will offer participants an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities brought about by the introduction of LLL programs at universities. It would also present a wide range of case studies including successful and innovative non-degree programs together with less successful ones and challenge them to design programs relevant in their own national, regional and institutional contexts.

The course is aimed primarily at institutions interested in exploring new or further opportunities to engage in LLL activities while encouraging peer learning and experience sharing among participants.