|The EURASHE 22nd Annual Conference will be held in Riga on 10th-11th May 2012 and will be titled "Responding to challenges for European higher education: Lifelong learning and the Welfare Society".
The conference will address two themes which will top the future agenda for European professional higher education, namely lifelong learning
and the welfare society
Lifelong Learning is hailed by many European member states as an instrument to address the problem of a decreasing working population and to undercut the need for an increasingly better educated labour force.
"At first sight Lifelong Learning may be regarded as an inclusive part of professional higher education, which has always been closely linked to the professional life of its students and alumni. In reality, it is not so evident that institutions cover the entire learning life span of a student"
, explains Klaas Vansteenhuyse
(Leuven University College - BE, coordinator of the FLLLEX project).
The "Welfare Society
" topic is in line with the 2012 European Commission's theme of 'Active Ageing'. The second track, which examines the effects of the ageing society on welfare provisions, and the readiness of professional higher education to tackle this issue, will be provided by the Danish university colleges, members of EURASHE. The 'Leuven' BFUG chair Frank Vandenbroucke
is scheduled to hold the first keynote speech, linking the two themes from the perspective of a former Minister of Education, Employment and of Social Affairs. Professor Dr.Phil & Lic.Oecon. Jorn Henrik Petersen
, from the Centre for Welfare State Research at the University of Southern Denmark, will be the second keynote speaker for this theme. Ministers of Latvia and Cyprus
(the latter holding the next EU Presidency in 2012) have expressed their support for this overarching theme.
On this occasion the FLLLEX project will be presented, in particular the instrument which has been developed in order to implement Lifelong Learning strategies in higher education institutions. This is a project initiated and supported by EURASHE, which aims at identifying challenges and implications of the incorporation of Lifelong Learning into European Higher Education institutions.
This interesting event will be preceded by the 2012 EURASHE General Assembly and a crosscutting Working Group thematic session, which will be held on the 9th of May at the same venue.
Both events will be hosted by the BA School of Business and Finance in Riga and will took place at the Radison Blue Hotel Latvija.
- the Flyer of the event;
- the Conference Provisional Programme;
- the Rationale of the Conference.
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