ASEM Conference
Lifelong Learning:e-Learning and Workplace Learning
20-22 July, 2009, Bangkok, Thailand

We cordially invite colleagues to the ASEM Conference on “Lifelong Learning: eLearning and Workplace Learning”, co-organized and sponsored by the Thai  Ministry of Education and Thai Ministry of Labour in cooperation with the ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning, the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark.

The recent ASEM Education Ministers Meeting (ASEM EMM2) in Hanoi, May 2009, acknowledged that Lifelong Learning (LLL) provides a solid framework for sustainable human resource development, which generates economic growth, social welfare and enables individuals to pursue stimulating learning opportunities at all stages of their lives. Therefore, it deserves specific attention for intensified cooperation among the ASEM countries.

Among others, e-learning and workplace learning were identified as themes of common interest. The meeting emphasized the role of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the general development of education, and encouraged ASEM members to share their e-learning resources to maximize the use of ICT in capacity building, learning and teaching. The meeting also noted that solutions to the global economic crisis are no longer local or national, and that the whole spectrum of lifelong learning, education and training for sustainable human resources is not only a short-term recovery instrument, but a long-term economic and social response to the crisis

At the ASEM Education Ministers Meeting in Hanoi, May 2009, Thai Minister of Education offered that Thailand would host and sponsor a conference on lifelong learning with focus on e-learning and workplace learning.

In order to engage more Asian partners, representatives of the ministry of education and ministry of labour in charge of national LLL strategies from the Asian countries, which are members of ASEM, will be invited to an information meeting about joining the Advisory Board of the ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning.

Along with the conference the research network 1 (RN1) and research network 2 (RN2) will also hold network meetings to make concrete plans for carrying out the research projects in 2009-2010 which were initiated and discussed at the Beijing Conference in 2008.