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Shaping Inclusive and Responsive University Strategies

31 August – 1 September 2011, Hosted by the University of Southampton, United Kingdom


EEE_westelevationThe emergence of knowledge economies and societies, regional clusters as well as demographic changes have resulted into changing demands for tertiary teaching and learning. There is an increased need for continued professional education and reorientation, and for offering flexible learning paths for traditional and non-traditional students. Universities across Europe have developed numerous initiatives to respond to the needs of more diverse learners.

Therefore, from a niche activity, lifelong learning has developed into a core strategic issue for today’s higher education institutions and has become of vital importance for European society.


The conference seeks to attract all those who in are charge of strategic decision making in higher education learning and teaching, institutional senior lifelong learning practitioners, policy makers, representatives of national and local governments, and public and private employers who have an interest in promoting the LLL agenda.

Hosted by

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SIRUS Project Partners

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Supported by

Lifelong Learning Programme

The aims of the conference

The conference follows up the 2008 European Universities’ Charter on Lifelong Learning. It is based on the results of the EC-funded project “Shaping Inclusive and Responsive University Strategies – SIRUS”, a project that brought together 29 universities from 18 European countries, over the last two years, to develop, enhance and compare institutional lifelong learning strategies. It has been organised by EUA, in cooperation with the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), the European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN) and the European Access Network (EAN).

The conference will present and discuss the new strategic orientation of Europe’s higher education via the concept of an engaged university: a university that does not only respond to societal needs, but positions itself to build cooperation and partnerships in a proactive and agenda-setting manner.

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