On 4 and 5 February 2020, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) will host an expert meeting on ‘universities’ contributions to lifelong learning’. By bringing together experts from universities and university associations, as well as UNESCO representatives, the event aims at developing a knowledge base on how and to what extent universities contribute to the implementation of lifelong learning as well as the development of lifelong learning as a research field.
Participants will address the role of higher education in shaping and adapting to environmental, scientific and technological transformation and in supporting people and communities in making critical sense of global trends and challenges facing the world today. They will debate how universities can shape societal development and foster debate on the ethical and social dimensions of the above-mentioned transformations, and contribute to sustainable development. This subject area is under-researched at a global level. This expert meeting will begin to address that.
The meeting constitutes one of the first major activities in a comprehensive research project on universities and lifelong learning that will be coordinated throughout 2020 by UIL, in collaboration with Shanghai Open University and the International Association of Universities.