An Investigation of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning in Hong Kong: A Systematic Literature Review

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The United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as a global agenda to promote sustainable peace and prosperity, including inclusive and equitable quality education. The “Global Report on Adult Learning and Education” from UNESCO also highlighted research evidence that demonstrated the importance of adults and their learning, emphasising promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development articulates a much broader vision of the education role. Education for sustainable development aims to address current and future challenges. However, the learning needs of youth and adults were somewhat neglected in the global education agenda in the past decade. It is important to expand the existing education programmes and enhance the quality of education for all. The contemporary society should emphasise the inclusion of adults into the future agenda to enhance the policy to contribute to a sustainable society. The concept of adult learning emphasises for developing skills and strengthening lifelong learning. According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, adult education targets adult individuals who aim to enhance technical and/or professional qualifications, develop skills, and competencies, and enrich the knowledge. This research would cover a literature review focusing on adult education development and institutions’ practises for achieving lifelong learning in general and in Hong Kong. The findings would generate insights for future study on adult education and local policy developments, which would be beneficial for education policymakers and practitioners in contemporary policy creation in adult education for the Hong Kong context.
Period12 Mar 2022
Event titleSymposium on Internationalisation and Quality Management in Higher Education 2022
Event typeSymposium