Adult Education Academy

    Prof. Balazs Nemeth

    What excites you about adult learning and education?
    "My main interest about adult learning and education is connected to policy contexts referring to participatory issues, challenges of equity and inclusion and to matters of community learning in urban environment. Other focuses of interest are the history of adult education, active citizenship, professionalisation in adult education, the roles of international organisations in adult education and finally, learning cities and regions to promote adult and lifelong learning through collaborative actions."

    Why did you choose to do research in the field of adult learning and education?
    "One reason is that it offers the potential and implication of interdisciplinary approach to understand participation and performance in adult learning in the context of time, space, content, motivation, methods and outcomes."


    Balázs Németh is a researcher on European adult and lifelong learning policy development and comparative adult education. He is an associate professor and reader in Adult Learning and Education at the University of Pécs. He is also a founding member of the Hungarian Universities Lifelong Learning Network (MELLearN) and represents the University of Pécs in the European Universities Continuing Education Network (EUCEN) and in the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA).
    Balázs Németh is President and member of Steering Committee of EUCEN for 2021-23 period being responsible for policy affairs and talks. He is a vice-Director of PASCAL International Observatory for Central-East Europe, Executive President of MELLearN and the current president of the Adult Education Sub-Commission of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

    • the analysis of the roles of Inter-governmental organisations (IGOs)
    • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the development of learning cities 
    • Politics and Adult Education
    • Comparative Adult Education
    • History of Modern European Adult Education and Learning City-Region Developments in association with the global network of learning cities programme of UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

    CG9: The roles of adult educators in the development of learning cities and learning communities

    Co-Moderator: Prof. Sir Alan Tuckett

    Having been identified in several recent documents of UNESCO and its Institute for Lifelong Learning, The comparative research of learning cities has become an important issue for adult education and lifelong learning in several aspects. Also, learning cities could successfully integrate global and local influences upon adult learning in order to claim a special role for knowledge transfer, community development, skills development for individuals. Today, not only policy perspectives on lifelong learning, but also the dimensions of citizenship education can be strongly tied up to learning cities, on the one hand, when we try to underline the role of professional roles to orientate learning city developments towards SDGs, more precisely, to quality education and learning. On the other hand, adult educators have a responsibility to organise community- focused and needs- oriented celebratory events of learning festivals, adult and lifelong learners’ weeks, etc. These events should help raising participation and quality in adult learning through the development of knowledge and skills. Comparison of learning cities, regions and of learning communities allow us to recognise similarities and differences in order to get a better understanding of the topic with transnational perspectives and collaborative approaches. ASEM LLL HUB, PASCAL Int. Observatory and ESREA publications will be of help in this context.

    1. NÉMETH, B./ ISSA, O./ DIBA, F. & TUCKETT, SIR A. (2020): Learning Cities and Learning Communities: Analyzing Contextual Factors and their Impacts on Adult and Lifelong Learning in Urban Settings In: Andragogical Studies No.1/June2020 ISSN 03545415 Pp. 17-53.
    2. NÉMETH, B. (2020) (ED.): Learning Cities – an Influential Topic for Adult Education and Learning, Drawing Attention to Inclusion, Collaboration and Innovation. Andragoska Spoznanja/Studies in Adult Education and Learning Letnik 26. 1/2020 – ISSN 13185160
    3. EGETENMEYER, R./ GUIMARAES, P./ NÉMETH, B. (EDS.) (2018): Joint Modules in Internationalisation in Higher Education. Frankfurt am Main: Peter LANG, 2018, ISBN 978-3-631-73625-8
    4. NÉMETH, B. (2017): Critical Overview of the Roles of International Organisations in the Development of Adult Learning and Education" In: Slowey Maria (ed.) Comparative Adult Education and Learning. Authors and Texts. 184 p. Firenze: Firenze University Press, 2017. pp. 117-159. ISBN:978-88-6453-422-0
    5. NÉMETH, B. (2016): Changes in the Roles and Functions of Adult Learning and Education Policies in Europe in the Last Twentyfive Years In: Sava, Simona/ Novotny, Petr (eds.) Researches in Adult Learning and Education: The European Dimension. 211 p. Firenze: Firenze University Press, 2016. Pp. 22-41. ISBN:978-88-6453-424-4
    6. NÉMETH, B. (2015): Lifelong Learning for All Adults? A New Concept for UNESCO - Limits and Opportunities for a Changing Inter Governmental Organisation In: Marcella Milana, Tom Nesbit (eds.) Global Perspectives on Adult Education and Learning Policy. 288 p. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. pp. 165-178. ISBN:9781137388247



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