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Shaping Inclusive and Responsive University Strategies - SIRUS (2009-2011)

EUA, in a Consortium with the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), the European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN) and the European Access Network (EAN), launched a project entitled ‘Shaping Inclusive and Responsive University Strategies (SIRUS)’, to support Europe’s universities in implementing the commitments made in the European Universities’ Charter on Lifelong Learning and thus assist them in developing their specific role as lifelong learning institutions forming a central pillar of the Europe of Knowledge.

This project offers universities with different profiles and interests in lifelong learning (LLL), and which are at different stages of LLL implementation, an opportunity to develop and enhance their strategic LLL approaches, in interactive discussion with colleagues from all over Europe. At the same time, it will allow them to contribute to the development of policy recommendations for the European Higher Education Area.  

Project Objectives

  • Supporting universities in developing and enhancing lifelong learning strategies
  • Implementing and testing the commitments adopted in the European Universities’ Charter on Lifelong Learning
  • Ensuring the wide dissemination of existing best practices in the field to universities, governments and stakeholders
  • Contributing to the further development of policy recommendations.


A group of 29 universities in 18 European countries were selected through a competitive call for participation. They will participate in a series of meetings (four in total) between March 2010 and February 2011 and will work together to develop and enhance their institutional LLL strategy. Please click here for a short project description and a list of participating universities.


On 31 August 2011, the results of the SIRUS Project were published in a report entitled "Engaging in Lifelong Learning: Shaping Inclusive and Responsive University Strategies" at the final conference, which was hosted at the University of Southhampton in the UK. The report analyses the different factors that enable universities across Europe to engage in and develop successful lifelong learning strategies.

For more information:


Gemma Fagan (

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The project is carried out with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union. The opinions expressed are those of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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