Continuing Higher Education and Lifelong Learning

An international comparative study on structures, organisation and provisions

  • Michaela Knust
  • Anke Hanft

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Wolfgang Müskens, Anke Hanft
    Pages 15-22
  3. Anke Hanft, Michaela Knust
    Pages 23-69
  4. Peter Faulstich, Gernot Graeßner, Ursula Bade-Becker, Bianca Gorys
    Pages 71-143
  5. Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Alexandra Reith
    Pages 145-174
  6. Torsten Dunkel, Isabelle Le Mouillour
    Pages 175-213
  7. Brigitte Geldermann, Susanne Schade
    Pages 215-246
  8. Ada Pellert, Eva Cendon
    Pages 247-285
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 357-367

About this book


This comparative survey was conducted in 2006 and shows the structure, organisation and types of provisions of continuing higher education in six countries (in alphabetical order): Austria, Finland, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. In addition to that, other "important players" in the field of lifelong learning are included, such as corporate universities and research associations. All country studies analyse the functions and restraints of continuing higher education. This is done by analysing a) the relevant framework conditions in each country, b) the management (organisational structures, financial management, marketing, quality assurance, programme portfolios, learn settings etc.) and c) the types of provisions (face-to-face lessons, online learning, blended-learning; admission to courses; accreditation of prior learning; credit points etc.). The summary of the country studies finally shows a survey of the individual situations and displays the similarities and differences. It draws conclusions for the activities of higher education institutions as lifelong learning institutions.


adult education continuing professional development education learning quality quality assurance university-level continuing education

Editors and affiliations

  • Michaela Knust
    • 1
  • Anke Hanft
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für PädagogikUniversität OldenburgOldenburgGermany
  2. 2.Institut für PädagogikUniversität OldenburgOldenburgGermany

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