Lifelong learning policies in Asia and Europe


The Annual Meeting of Research Network 4 (RN4) of the ASEM Lifelong Learning Hub took place at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) from 2 to 3 April 2013. About 30 participants from Australia, China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Latvia, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom,  and UIL participated in the meeting.  As one of the five research networks within the framework of the ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL Hub), RN4 serves as a forum for  researchers from European and Asian research institutions for developing joint comparative research projectson  lifelong learning policies and practices.

This annual meeting presented national lifelong learning policy reviews in member countries. The inputs and discussions showed that although many countries have embraced the concept of lifelong learning, they adopt different definitions and priorities in national policies and practices in different social and economic contexts. Meanwhile, to deepen policy review and draw insights, the meeting urged members to adopt evidence-based approaches, more analytic reflections as well as analysis of impact of policies.

To develop a research plan for 2013 and 2014, the meeting analysed the feasibility and methodology for conducting comparative cases studies on thematic issues on developing lifelong learning policy in relation to social and gender equality, aging society, regional gap, sustainable development, competence and employability, and community-based learning and development, among others.

At the meeting, both UIL’s three programmes (Lifelong Learning Policies and Strategies, Literacy and Basic Skills, and Adult Learning and Education) and the ASEM LLL Hub Secretariat presented their key activities planned for 2013. Participants expressed strong interest in facilitating and participating in research collaborations between UIL and the ASEM LLL Hub.