Aquaculture International

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 751–766 | Cite as

Positioning lifelong learning in aquaculture: challenges and opportunities

Article

Abstract

Lifelong learning has been one of the building blocks of the Bologna Process since 1999. The Thematic network AQUA-TNET (Aquaculture, Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management TN—2008–2011—142245-LLP-1-2008-1-BE-ERASMUS-ENW) in its response to each development has made a significant contribution to the network members’ knowledge and understanding of the different aspects concerned in the provision of university lifelong learning. Various definitions and interpretations of the concept led to relatively slow implementation of lifelong learning in many European universities; however, the EUA European Universities Charter of Lifelong Learning Surveys undertaken by AQUA-TNET showed that the AQUA-TNET approach has successfully incentivised its partners, since a higher percentage of AQUA-TNET partners (54 %) have a LLL strategy in place than the HE organisations surveyed by the EUA (average 39 %).

Keywords

Aquaculture Lifelong learning Bologna reforms Vocational education Charter Lifelong Learning 

Abbreviations

C-VET

Continuing-vocational education and training

EU

European Union

EUA

European Universities Association

HE

Higher education

HEI

Higher education institution

I-VET

Initial-vocational education and training

LLL

Lifelong learning

LLP

Lifelong Learning Programme

OECD

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

RTD

Research and technical development

VET

Vocational education and training

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AQUALEX Multimedia Consortium LtdDublinIreland
  2. 2.Universidade AbertaLisbonPortugal
  3. 3.MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Faculdade de Ciências e TecnologiaUniversidade de CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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