This global survey on the contribution of universities and other higher education institutions (HEIs) to lifelong learning (LLL) aims to develop a knowledge base reflecting how and to what extent HEIs contribute to the implementation of LLL, as well as to the development of LLL as a research field, since LLL remains an insufficiently researched area at the global level.
The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) in collaboration with the International Association of Universities (IAU), the Shanghai Open University (SOU), the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), and the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNESCO-IESALC) are pleased to launch this global survey. Its aim is to contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, which enjoins Member States to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’. 

The results of this survey will lead to the following outcomes:
  • A survey report will be produced, including an assessment of HEI’s current levels of engagement in LLL, the identification of areas where further interventions are needed and a set of recommendations for HEI’s contribution to LLL.  
  • The survey will inform further research on the topic as part of a comprehensive research project.  
  • The results will be presented at national and international conferences and events, including the IAU 16th General Conference on the Relevance and Value of Universities to Society, October 2021, which will feed into the UNESCO Future of Education Initiative and the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education in 2021.  
  • The results will be widely disseminated to UNESCO Member States, United Nations programmes and specialized agencies, Ministries of Education, universities and other HEIs, and relevant national and international organizations, to inform policy-making and practical approaches for HEI’s engagement in LLL.  

What is defined here as LLL, may be called ‘adult education’ or ‘continuing education’ in others. For the sake of consistency, we talk about adult learners all through the survey questionnaire.

Your responses will be subject to statistical secrecy: only aggregate data will be published, preventing identification of individual institutions. The participation of your institution will be duly recognized in the survey report only if you indicate your agreement at the end of this questionnaire. 

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