Lifelong Learning (LLL)
Frederick University assigns particular importance to Lifelong Learning initiatives. Lifelong learning directly serves the stated mission of the University of providing a systematic contribution to the wider social context and is furthermore explicitly referenced as a goal in the university’s Charter (2.2.i): “The goals of the University are achieved with the provision of training programs, as well as supplementary education and lifelong learning programs”
LLL Policy Statement
The European Union definition of Lifelong Learning is: “all learning activity undertaken throughout life, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competences within a personal, civic, social and/or employment-related perspective "(European Commission, Com (2001) 678).
Frederick University supports both the terms “Lifelong Learning” and “Lifelong Training”. Lifelong Learning concerns the process of acquiring knowledge, general and scientific, both in the context of shaping an integrated personality, and in the context of entering employment. "Lifelong Training" concerns the process specialized education, with the aim of developing specialized skills, in the context of specific professional activity.
To achieve this, the University should engage in and promote the following activities:
- Systematically promote and oversee Adult Education through the establishment of competent organizational structures
- Operate appropriate units that support and deliver lifelong learning and training program. These units can be generic or purpose-specific. Programs operated under such structures can be delivered through face to face education, distance learning education and hybrid (mixed) learning.
- Engage in academic research and education that examines and explores lifelong learning, including the development of methods for improvement of adult education, training and employment.
Lifelong Learning programs should make a significant contribution to the reduction of social exclusion from education, the modernization of the country's education system and overall upgrade of the quality of education, formal and non-formal.
More specifically, Lifelong Learning Programs should operate in a framework that aims to:
- The provision of specialized knowledge and basic skills, as well as the certification of their acquisition, through the evaluation of learning outcomes, in accordance with the specifications of specific professional fields.
- The completion, updating and upgrading of knowledge, skills and abilities, acquired from the standard system of vocational education and initial vocational training.
- The contribution of the academic potential of the University in the promotion of innovation, creativity, competitiveness and entrepreneurship of the economy.
- The creation of partnerships and interdisciplinary collaborations with domestic institutions or cognate Institutions abroad in the context of planning and the implementation of education and training programs.
- Ensure the certification of the provided titles and the compatibility with the National Qualifications Framework, as well as the transparency of the management of the resources of the Programs.
The University, as per its Charter (2)(4), adopts the policy of gender quality, equal opportunities, diversity and non-discrimination on the grounds of origin, race, sex, color, religion, language, social class, political opinion or views and adopts the policy of equitable balance between men and women, as far as practicable, in its activities. These principles are horizontally applied to all the university functions, including LLL.
LLL Actions at Frederick University
To implement the policy statement on Lifelong Learning, the university has undertaken a series of actions as described below:
- To emphasize its commitment on LLL goals, Frederick University has established the UNESCO Chair of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education. The Chair, directed by Professor George Demosthenous, has a broad scope of aims that cover the investigation and promotion of lifelong learning in the region and beyond.
- To support all lifelong training programs, the University has setup the Frederick Training and Certification Center that systematically offers training programs on a wide variety of fields to support the ever growing needs for continuous education. In addition to the broadly covering training center, special-focus initiatives for lifelong training and support have been established such as the Cyprus Marine Technology Academy and the School of Greek Language.
- The university participates and promotes Erasmus+ activities. Through Erasmus+ students and graduates have the opportunity to gain invaluable training experiences as well as participate in exciting projects focused on lifelong learning promotion.
- In order to educate a new generation of lifelong learning educators and activists, as well as promote research and knowledge in the field, the University has established and successfully operates the MA in Adult Education program of study