Adult Education Academy

Prof. Balázs Németh

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

CG6: Citizenship Education (CE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in a lifelong learning perspective: arguments, examples and experiences

Co-Moderator: Prof.(H) Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Heribert Hinzen


In this particular context, students will relate their practice-based cases to the policy contexts articulated in relevant and available documents to assess the extent to which they meet and/or match regarding goals, contents and expected impacts.

Specific roles and impacts of international communities like EU initiatives, UN-based agendas such as CONFINTEA or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and the roles played by UNESCO and the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) or the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA).

Reasons for participation/non-participation in active citizenship education and education for sustainable development and other ALE activities, courses, programmes, campaigns, initiatives, etc. will be a matter of concern and research. In this regard, students must consult data sources on ALE referring to their countries and explain what the data, or the lack of data, may reflect in their context. This focus is relevant to comparative studies in the context of interrelated dimensions of ALE through CE as well as ESD.


  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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