EURASHE has a long standing interest for lifelong learning (LLL), it is part of its main mission, it is the topic of a specific working group and at the core of many of its policy papers. LLL is also at the center of concerns in the EU: The commission and EUA (European universities association) for instance published a lot on the topic. It is seen as a key to growth, jobs and full participation in society ,ageing societies,skills deficits, globalisation. It offers benefits for individuals, enterprises, economy and society. It is now a key aspect of social policy, linking education, social security and employment.
Today, in the knowledge society, the labour market requires more and more graduates, and offer very responsive, competitive work environment. Workers have to be be flexible, constantly updating their skills and knowledge.
EURASHE wonders how to help higher education institutions (HEI), and particularly professional higher education institutions (PHEI) to meet today's and tomorrow's challenges regarding LLL. The FLLLex project (The Impact of Life Long Learning Strategies on Professional Higher Education in Europe) offers some answers to those questions, showing that LLL has a huge impact on HEI and that good practices must be shared as the level of implementation and of incentives varies greatly.
EURASHE commits to:
- Flexible HE systems & programmes with different entry and exit points
- Promotion of Lifelong learning as an aspect of PHE
- Diversified HE systems to accommodate a variety of requirements, expectations, capacity
- Role of qualifications frameworks & learning outcomes, Promotion of Recognition of PriorLearning, its coordination & transparency
-Data and understanding to different elements promoting employability of graduates
- Enhanced communication with employers & other stakeholders
To support LLL, EURASHE focused specifically on recognition of prior learning (RPL) in 2012.
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