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‘The Global Inventory of Regional and National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs) is highly significant. It showcases and analyses how countries use learning outcomes-based NQFs as reference points and as sources of quality assurance for recognition and certification processes,’ Arne Carlsen, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL).

Now available online, the 2015 edition of the Global Inventory of Regional and National Qualifications Frameworks Volume II:...

Author/Editor:
UNESCO ED/PLS; UIL; ETF; Cedefop
Year of publication:
2015

Available from UIL's Library in English.

‘There are porous boundaries between formal education, non-formal education and informal learning, and a number of issues affect the operationalization of lifelong learning. These include conceptual understandings of lifelong learning, the recognition of learning achievements and the role of counselling and guidance, teachers and facilitators, financial resources and infrastructure, and coordination among stakeholders,’ says Arne Carlsen, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning.

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning has produced a study on key issues and policy...

Author/Editor:
Shirley Walters; Jin Yang; Peter Roslander
Year of publication:
2014

Available from UIL's Library in English.

The first International Conference on Learning Cities, which was co-organised by UNESCO, the Ministry of Education of China and Beijing Municipal Government, took place from 21–23 October, 2013 in Beijing. The aim of this conference was to mobilize cities to promote lifelong learning for all as a vector of equality and social justice, social cohesion and sustainable prosperity. The specific objectives of the conference were:

• Adoption of the Beijing Declaration on Building Learning Cities and the Key Features of Learning Cities; and

• Exchange of best practices in building...

Author/Editor:
Jin Yang; Raúl Valdés-Cotera
Year of publication:
2014

Available from UIL's Library in English, French, Spanish.

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) contributes to the Global Inventory of National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs) which is prepared by two EU agencies, the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) , and two UNESCO units, UNESCO’s section for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-TVET), and UIL.

It has been produced at the request of the...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2014

Available from UIL's Library in English.

Qualification systems across the globe are generally well equipped to deal with learning acquired in institutional settings. However, one of the greatest challenges is how to recognise learning that occurs outside the formal education sector.

UIL’s new book, Linking Recognition Practices and National Qualifications Frameworks, edited by Madhu Singh and Ruud Duvekot, tackles this challenge. The recognition, validation and accreditation (RVA) of learning in formal, non-formal, and informal settings is examined within a variety of national and regional contexts.

It...

Author/Editor:
Madhu Singh; Ruud Duvekot (edited)
Year of publication:
2013

Available from UIL's Library in English, Chinese.

Author/Editor:
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop); European Training Foundation; UNESCO; UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
Year of publication:
2013

Available from UIL's Library in English.

The book gives an account of the research conducted in the independent evaluation of the New Opportunities Initiative (NOI), one of the largest Portuguese governmental programmes in recent decades to upgrade qualifications. The NOI demonstrates that the recognition of non-formal and informal learning is crucial in order to improve the competences needed in our societies today. This book reflects on the NOI and its potential for societies in Europe and the rest of the world.

The publication is based on a solid foundation of empirical evidence, encompassing seven papers subjected...

Author/Editor:
Roberto Carneiro (ed.)
Year of publication:
2011

Available from UIL's Library in English.

This book is an outcome of the Shanghai International Forum on Lifelong Learning co-organised by UNESCO, the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, the Chinese Society of Educational Development Strategy and the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO. The Forum took place in Shanghai during the World Expo 2010, from 19 to 21 May.

The 24 papers collected here document the debates and discussions led by experts from across the world. The papers are grouped into five themes, recounting first how lifelong learning has evolved conceptually and then how policy has developed in its...

Author/Editor:
Jin Yang; Raúl Valdés-Cotera
Year of publication:
2011

Available from UIL's Library in English.

‘The recent development of lifelong learning policies in many UNESCO Member States has shown that there is a growing demand for the knowledge, skills and competences acquired by adults and young people over the course of their lives to be evaluated and accredited within different contexts: work, education, family life, community and society,’ says Arne Carlsen, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Alongside established systems for recognizing formal learning, some Member States have developed mechanisms to...

Author/Editor:
Jin Yang
Year of publication:
2010

Available from UIL's Library in English.

International Policy Dialogue: Challenges in Implementing Lifelong Learning for Adults

Author/Editor:
UIL; Korean Educational Development Institute
Year of publication:
2006

Available from UIL's Library in English.