Continuing education is the key to the future. Only those who never stop learning will manage to achieve success in an ever-changing world.
Continuing education is becoming ever more important. Demographic shifts, digitization, and the demands of the knowledge society require a steady acquisition of new, specialized skills. Continuing education includes everything that adults learn, from updated know-how for the workplace to enhanced competence in the realms of politics, healthcare, and similar areas of expertise. The distinction between managerial skills enhancement, professional training, and general education no longer holds. Learning can take place in a variety of contexts: in the workplace (learning by doing), on the computer, via digital media, in training programs, and with coaches. This calls for a recognition and integration of all forms of learning – formal, non-formal and informal learning – and requires new efforts to bridge the gaps between them in personal biographies.
We approach the topic of continuing education holistically, investigating how the market for continuing education changes over time, who funds it, who it benefits, and what contribution it makes to economic growth and innovation. We also develop solutions for ensuring the quality of the various providers of continuing education, as well as for how they can successfully adapt to the new challenges of work-integrated learning.