ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL Hub)
The ASEM LLL Hub, established in 2005, is an official network of Asian and European higher education institutions, working and learning together to achieve excellence in comparative research on lifelong learning, to offer research-based education policy recommendation, and to develop mutual understanding between Asia and Europe. It also facilitates researcher and student mobility and exchange within and between the two world regions.
The ASEM LLL Hub provides a platform for dialogue between researchers, practitioners and policy makers in order to contribute to evidence-based educational reform and innovation. Its five research networks exchange knowledge, conduct comparative research and produce coordinated publications and reports. In parallel with five active research networks, the Hub has a Hub University Council composed of senior representatives from its partner universities (currently, 36 representatives from 36 universities in 28 ASEM countries) and a Hub Advisory Board that at present brings together 25 national ministries and 5 international organizations.
In cooperation with partner universities and ASEM governments, the ASEM LLL Hub together with its five research networks organizes every year seminars and conferences, publishes books and disseminates information on its website. At ASEM LLL conferences, the research results are presented to the public, representatives of ASEM ministries and academic communities.
The Hub consists of 3 sub-groups:
1) Individual partnership: Academic researchers (normally university academics or researchers from national research institutes) are members of 5 Research networks.
2) Institutional partnership: University management representatives (mainly deans, Pro-rectors, rectors, heads of Dep/research programme, senior researchers, etc.): these senior representatives are members of the ASEM LLL Hub University Council. In practice, many of them are also senior researchers in the 5 networks. Leaders of partner universities sign a Letter of Intent to express their interest, commitment and support for their staff to join the ASEM LLL Hub, as well as host network events.
3) National partnership: Senior officials from Ministries (mainly Director General of a department or senior official at the Ministry in charge of LLL) and senior representatives of international organisations form an Advisory Board.
Five research networks:
- Development of ICT skills, e-learning and the culture of e-learning in LLL, Coordinator: Professor Bowon Kim, Korea National Open University, Korea
- Workplace learning, Coordinator: Professor Dr Karen Evans, University of London, Institute of Education, United Kingdom
- Professionalisation of Adult Teachers and Educators in ASEM countries, Coordinator: Professor Dr. Ekkehard Nuissl, Duisburg/Essen University, Germany
- National Strategies for lifelong learning with regard to citizens’ motivation and barriers to continuing education and training, Coordinator: Dr. Han Min, Deputy Director General, China National Institute of Education Research Development, China
- Core Competences, Coordinator: Professor Dr. Saemah Rahman, Universiti of Kebangsaa, Malaysia