Celebrating the commencement of the second half century, the 51th eucen Conference addresses the enrichment of Life through higher education, exploring the effects of University Lifelong Learning (ULLL) and continuing education on work and life. Strengthening the collaboration with Society and Communities, as a whole, while promoting the individual educational and professional pathways is a challenge that nowadays individuals, enterprises and higher education institutions face.
These stakeholders need to address transversal and oriented competencies to the labour market as well as make an effort towards the increase of consistency of the knowledge behind the competences, so a coherent background is produced. As this endeavour directly influences the quality of Life and of livelihoods, as well as its diversity, they have to be addressed, taking into account the individual integration and its active participation in Society and Community. In this way, by learning throughout life – as a young full time student; alternating with a job; as a non-traditional student; in a formal or non-formal environment; in a vocational, professional or academic pathway -, an inclusive life trajectory can be achieved in a joyful, comfortable and sustainable way.
In this perspective, and taking into account nowadays reality in Europe, we will hear from academics, business and learners on the following overarching themes:
1. Wellbeing in a Digital Age
2. Enabling Livelihoods
3. Active Citizenship and Humanity Engagement
Their contributions will inform about ongoing practices and research results contributing to an overall wellness and quality of Life.