The Guild seminar series: Transnational Collaboration and Lifelong Learning: Looking back - looking forward

After the launch of our new Insight Paper “Reimagining Research-led Education in a Digital Age” we now turn our focus to a series of seminars on the educational transformations we need.

One of the key messages of the Insight Paper argues that universities should lend their distinctive strenghts to lifelong learning. They should open up their programmes and adapt the curriculum to the needs of all students and a changing societal context. However, careful consideration needs to be given to the fundamental role of universities for educating for active citizenship and long-term societal growth and wellbeing. It invites the sector to further explore which types of courses should be provided by universities, and which are more appropriate for other, non-research-led providers.

As European University alliances will play an important role in designing flexible learning opportunities, this seminar explores lifelong learning in relation to transnational collaboration, with a special focus on the micro-credentials agenda and its potential for universities.

What is the anticipated and desired effect of micro-credentials in research intensive institutions?  Can they be offered alongside current research-based longer degrees, or they will remain peripheral? And how can alternative pathways be funded?

Organised jointly by the University of Warwick and The Guild, the first virtual seminar aims to contribute to the open public consultation on micro-credentials for lifelong learning and employability.


Download the new Insight Paper "Reimagining Research-led Education in a Digital Age" and watch the recording of the event below.


09h30     Welcome by Jan Palmowski, Secretary-General of The Guild

09h35     Presentation of the Insight Paper by Jo Angouri, Academic Director for Education and Internationalisation, University of Warwick, lead author

09h45     Policy Perspectives

  • Koen Nomden, Team leader, Transparency and Recognition of Skills and Qualifications, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Klara Engels-Perenyi, Policy Officer, Higher Education Unit, DG Education and Culture, European Commission

10h05    Role of EdTech companies

  • Rajay Naik, Chief Executive Officer, Skilled Education

10h20    Q&A session

10h30    Perspectives of European Universities

  • Rosette S'Jegers, Education Coordinator EUTOPIA, Policy Advisor for the Vice-Rector, Vrije University Brussel
  • Heli Harrikari, Director of Continuous Learning, Tampere University, ECIU
  • Frederik De Decker, Head of International Relations Office, Ghent University, ENLIGHT
  • Aleksandar Šušnjar, University of Rijeka, YUFE Institutional Coordinator, YUFE Student Journey work package co-lead

11h15    Q&A session

11h30    End of the seminar


Published June 11, 2021 12:02 PM - Last modified July 28, 2021 2:45 PM