During the ASEMME7 in Bucharest, it was announced that the University College of Cork would take over the Secretariat of the ASEM LLL Hub from the Danish University of Aarhus. Therefore, the University College Cork will host the ASEM LLL Hub Forum that will focus on the revitalisation and the future planning of the ASEM LLL Hub.  If you know universities or researches interested to take part in the research networks of the ASEM LLL Hub, please contact the Chair of the ASEM LLL Hub, Dr. Séamus Ó Tuama who will coordinate the work of the ASEM LLL Hub. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information on the LLL HUB is available on its website:

Programme of the LLL HUB Forum

Day 1

Day One  will focus on a Lifelong Learning Research & Policy review, with each of the Research Networks presenting on key policy priorities in their field of enquiry. This will include drawing on existing research evidence and policy proposals emerging from the work of each RN during the past five years. It will also identify key international policy contexts for informing current and future directions within their fields. It will contextualise discussion around enhancing cooperation and common goal-setting between Asia and Europe, addressing key global challenges like Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goals, Migration and emerging social and economic challenges.

It will also, where possible, make links to significant international reports/policies like those emerging from the International Labour Organisation (The Future of Work); UNESCO; OECD, etc.

In plenary the meeting will propose a Draft ASEM LLL Hub Five Year Plan. This will include a set of overall ASEM LLL Hub priorities for 2020-2025, with each Research Network proposing a programme of activity for 2020 and an outline road map for activity in the period 2021-2025. This plan will shape the agenda for Day Two. Day One shall also include a Showcase on Lifelong Learning in Irish Higher Education.

Day 2

Day Two The Draft ASEM LLL Hub Five Year Plan will be presented in Plenary to all delegates including member of both the Intergovernmental Senior Officials Forum and the Asia-Europe Council of Senior University Managers Forum. This will be followed by parallel meetings of the Intergovernmental Senior Officials Forum and the Asia-Europe Council of Senior University Managers Forum, for detailed discussions on the Draft ASEM LLL Hub Five Year Plan.

Day Two business will conclude with the re-convening of the Full Plenary for the adoption of the ASEM LLL Hub Five Year Plan and pledges of support for the implementation of the plan.

Day Two shall also include a Showcase on Irish Higher Education engagement in developing Asia-Europe research, education and learning collaborations.

Cork UNESCO Learning City

The programme will include engagement with Cork UNESCO Learning City, including visits to Leaning Neighbourhoods, introduction to the Lifelong Learning Festival, industry engagement and inter-agency and community partnerships.Additional field trips to other learning initiatives in the region may be planned.

Start May 13, 2020 - 7:00 pm
End May 15, 2020 - 10:00 pm
Location University College Cork, Ireland


Draft Program

Wednesday May 13, 2020

  • Welcome & Pre-Registration (Evening)

Thursday May 14, 2020

  • 9.00-13:00 - Session 1
    LLL Research & Policy review – Six Research Networks
    LLL Research & Policy 5-Year Plan
  • 14.30-16:30 - Session 2: 
    Showcase: LLL in Irish Higher Education
    Dinner & Entertainment

Friday May 15, 2020

  • 9.00-13:00 –  Session 1:
  • Presentation & Adoption of 5-Year Plan
  • Intergovernmental Senior Officials Forum
    Asia-Europe Council of Senior University Managers Forum
  • 14.30-16:30 - Session 2:
    Showcase: Irish HE Asia-Europe Research & Ed