The ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning provides opportunities for collaboration between Asian and European countries with regard to the intersection between research-informed practice, evidence-based research and research-based policy making.

In line with ASEM guiding principles, the ASEM LLL Hub aims – in a spirit of mutual respect and equal partnership – to strengthen the relationship and increase mutual understanding between educational researchers, practitioners, and policy makers working in the two regions.

The ASEM LLL Hub concurs with the definition adopted by the European Commission, which views lifelong learning as “all learning activity undertaken throughout life, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competence, within a personal, civic, social and/or employment-related perspective.” [1]

Lifelong learning is therefore about:

  • “acquiring and updating all kinds of abilities, interests, knowledge and qualifications from the pre-school years to post-retirement. It promotes the development of knowledge and competences that will enable each citizen to adapt to the knowledge-based society and actively participate in all spheres of social and economic life, taking more control of his or her future.
  • valuing all forms of learning, including: formal learning, such as a degree course followed at university; non-formal learning, such as vocational skills acquired at the workplace; and informal learning, such as inter-generational learning, for example where parents learn to use ICT through their children, or learning how to play an instrument together with friends.” [1]