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Lifelong Learning in Higher Engineering Education

Lifelong Learning in Higher Engineering Education




Åbo Akademi


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

  • NORDPLUS (Nordplus Adult 2024)
  • Budjetti

    61 090 €

    Åbo Akademin osuus budjetista

    15 150 € (25%)

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

    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 (ÅAU) 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 offers, 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.