UNESCO Chair</br> on Lifelong Learning</br> and Adult Education

on Lifelong Learning
and Adult Education

Mission / Vision

The UNESCO Chair is aiming to study Lifelong Learning and Adult Education activities in South and Southeast Asia, compared with relevant practices applied in the European Union, in order to develop an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation activities, to establish lifelong learning strategies concerning the teaching and learning processes at different educational levels and in different educational settings (formal, informal and non-formal) in all partner countries.

Such activities include dissemination of good practices through publications, followed by the development of educational modules, organisation of training courses, Workshops, Conferences and bilateral visits, aiming to promote Lifelong Learning and Adult Education in the above countries, as well as in Europe, utilising also Information and Communication Technology, in an effort to acquire new knowledge and skills which will allow adult citizens to have access to more social; and economic opportunities


- To promote an integrated system of research, training, information, policies, practices and documentation activities in the field of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education that will be accessible to the majority of the population in all the partnership’s countries, in order to enable adults to gain skills and competences with recognized qualifications that will help them to address today’s rapid social, technological and economic changes.
- Identify Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Policies and Strategies in the participating countries and set-up research outcome guidelines and standards, adapted to the skills and competences required to face the challenges arising from the evolution of the economy the technology and the society.
- Establish/Upgrade Centers for Lifelong Learning and Adult Education in the partner Universities to disseminate information on relevant new practices and updated curricula to the training and educational and institutions in each participating country, via teaching aids accessible to the vast majority of the population (eg. Distance Learning Courses, Computer-based instructions, online webinars, open access documentation).
- Increase awareness of the benefits of adult Lifelong Learning and Adult Education among the adult population (including minorities, low skilled adults and vulnerable social groups), as well as, among Public and Private Enterprises, to encourage the participation of adults in continuing training and competence development, which will consequently strengthen the development of the enterprises.
- Enhance communication and collaboration among several policy makers and other relevant stakeholders activated in the field of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education to enhance collaboration and synergies, to develop an effective guidance system, continuously updated, as well as a system for validating non-formal and informal learning

Partnerships & Collaborations

Local Partners

  1. House of Representatives
  2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. Ministry of Finance
  4. Ministry of Interior
  5. Ministry of Defence
  6. Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (European and Internal Affairs Office)
  7. Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works
  8. Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry
  9. Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment (Agricultural Research Institute)
  10. Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance
  11. Ministry of Justice and Public Order
  12. Ministry of Health
  13. Presidential Commisioners Office (Cyprus Diaspora Service)
  14. Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO
  15. Foundation for the Management of European Lifelong Learning Programmes
  16. Human Resources Development Authority of Cyprus
  17. National Board of Research and Innovation
  18. Research Promotion Foundation, Cyprus
  19. Cyprus Pedagogical Institute
  20. Youth Board of Cyprus
  21. International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) Cyprus
  22. Open University Cyprus
  23. Pierides Foundation
  24. Archishop Makarios III Foundation
  25. Photos Photiades Foundation

International Partners

  1. Bangkok University, Thailand
  2. United International University, Bangladesh
  3. Kathmandu University, Nepal
  4. Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan
  5. University of Tehran, Iran
  6. RK University, India
  7. Amity University, India
  8. SAL Institute Technology & Engineering Research, India
  9. Parul University, India
  10. North Maharashtra University, India
  11. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
  12. City, University of London, United Kingdom
  13. Kingston University, United Kingdom
  14. Department of Adult & Community Education, Maynooth University, Ireland
  15. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  16. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  17. University of Crete, Greece
  18. University of Piraeus, Greece
  19. Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece
  20. University of Macedonia, Greece
  21. Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
  22. University of Western Macedonia, Greece
  23. University of the Aegean, Greece
  24. Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  25. Lambrakis Foundation, Greece

Contact Information

Prof. George Demosthenous
Director of the UNESCO Chair