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EUA believes that universities have to develop their strategies and practices for widening access and lifelong learning, and also contribute actively to the policy discussion and to shaping national and European frameworks for lifelong learning.

Lifelong learning is a recognised European higher education priority, both in the context of the European Union and the Bologna Process. It is becoming an imperative due to globalisation and fast-paced economic and technological transformation, demographic changes and resulting longer and more diverse career paths, but also to ensure social equity and justice, and as a democratic value. It also plays a central for implementation of student centred learning. 

European universities are increasingly responding to diverse learning needs of students and learners with very different profiles. Given also the increased participation in higher education, much more than in the past they are to be institutions of lifelong learning in addition to and in conjunction with fulfilling their three-fold mission of teaching, research and service to society.

Since it has come into existence in 2001, EUA has campaigned for a more prominent role of universities in LLL. On invitation of the French EU Presidency, EUA developed and launched in 2008 the European Universities’ Charter on Lifelong Learning. Given the diversity of definitions and approaches for LLL in different European countries, the project Shaping Inclusive and Responsive University Strategies (SIRUS) supported 30 European universities in developing and enhancing their strategies for Lifelong Learning.

Progress on institutional strategies and structures for LLL and widening access is also assessed through EUA’s 
TRENDS Reports.

Find out more:

European University Association (EUA)

Brussels office:
Avenue de l’Yser, 24
1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 230 55 44

Geneva office:
114, Rue du Rhône
Case postale 3174
1211 Geneva 3
Tel: +41 22 552 02 96