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Lifelong Learning in Higher Engineering Education

Lifelong Learning in Higher Engineering Education



Project coordinator

Åbo Akademi University

Other partners

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Aarhus University
  • It-vest – networking universities
  • Funded by

  • NORDPLUS (Nordplus Adult 2024)
  • Budget

    61 090 euros

    Åbo Akademi University’s part of the budget

    15 150 euros (25%)

    Nordic and Baltic countries are focusing on lifelong learning (LLL) for workforce competitiveness, with universities leading the task. However, there are many challenges to overcome before sustainable LLL collaboration can become a reality. Transnational collaboration, aided by digitalization, could help overcome these obstacles.

    NORDTEK and the Association of Nordic Engineers founded a joint LLL expert group in 2021. Participating universities – all experienced in formal LLL within engineering – include NTNU and Aarhus University. Alongside Åbo Akademi University and IT Vest–Networking universities they form the NORDPLUS network L3HEE, aiming to establish a joint Nordic LLL collaboration and create a shared pool of LLL offerings for cross-border learners.

    This project will map relevant LLL offerings, market interest, and collaboration barriers and enablers. The main deliverable is a transnational model for a flexible LLL engineering program. The model will include a plan for a pilot based on the model, with an expert group ensuring its relevance. The key qualities of the model will be the possibility to include different offerings, such as microcredentials and full degrees, supported by a simple governance structure and a transparent process for revising the portfolio of offerings. In addition, there must be a framework for organizing and delivering offerings, a thorough quality assurance process, a well-defined point of contact for learners, and an ambitious marketing plan.