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ASEM Forum on Lifelong Learning 2016: 21st Century Skills

21st Century Skills

  • 3-5 October 2016, Copenhagen

'21st Century Skills'

Programme and booklet


It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the ASEM Forum on Lifelong Learning: 21ST CENTURY SKILLS on 3-5 October 2016 at Danish School of Education, Aarhus University in Copenhagen, Denmark. The forum is highly relevant because there is an urgent need to discuss this topic. In the contemporary economic crisis we need new visions for skills and effective models for lifelong learning.

The forum seeks to engage representatives from all 32 European member states and 19 Asian countries under the auspices of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) to discuss and construct concepts and practices for lifelong learning. At the forum researchers, policymakers and practitioners will discuss contemporary possibilities of developing 21st century skills for lifelong learning, key concepts for policies and practices in Asia and Europe and what role researchers and policy makers should play in creating lifelong learning opportunities for all in Asia and Europe.

We hope you – together with other stakeholders in the field of lifelong learning – will participate in the forum. You can find more information about the programme for the forum in the left column.

Registration form and conference fee for Interested Participants (CLOSED).

Partners and sponsors: The forum is organized by the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University (ASEM LLL Hub); in cooperation with Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danish Ministry for Children, Education and Gender Quality and Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).

Danish Ministry for Children, Education and Gender Equality: Office for Vocational and Adult Education

Signe Tychsen Philip is the head of office, Office for Vocational and Adult Education under the Danish Ministry for Children, Education and Gender Equality.


Jørgen Ørstrøm Møller is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore; Adjunct Professor, Singapore Management University and Copenhagen Business School; and a member of the Honorary Alumni, University of Copenhagen.


Mansor Fadzil is the President at Open University Malaysia (OUM). He was  instrumental in the establishment of OUM, Malaysia's first open and distance learning (ODL) institution in 2000. Some of his most recent projects include the introduction of mobile learning, a new assessment instrument, an institutional question bank and a Mathematics resource centre at OUM.


Martin Mulder is a full-time Professor and Head of the chair group of Education and Competence Studies, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
Recent publication: Mulder, M. (Ed.) (2017). Competence-based Vocational and Professional Education. Bridging the Worlds of Work and Education. Cham: Springer International Publishing Switzerland (in press).
Website: www.mmulder.nl


Miho Taguma is a senior policy analyst at The Early Childhood and Schools Division of Directorate for Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD. She is currently leading OECD's work on Education 2030.