Call for Contributions

Call for Contributions
University Lifelong Learning and the labour market in Europe – The Contribution of Continuing Education and Vocational Education to the challenges of changing work and qualification requirements


The fast-changing labour market requires efficient ways of up-skilling and re-skilling in the whole Europe. The spring conference deals with the question of which role eucen as one important stakeholder of Vocational Education Training (VET) and Professional Higher Education (PHE) can play. What is for example the relationship of VET and Professional Higher Education? How could eucen contribute to further discussions on the issue engaging not only VET providers, but a range of other stakeholders and partners?

Aims of conference

eucen continues in this 49th conference with its commitment to further promote the discussion on VET/PHE permeability, flexible pathways, recognition of prior learning, work based learning, continuous higher education and various forms of vocational training.

The event in Mainz from 7th to 9th of June 2017 is the place to discuss these matters with experts working in the field of University Lifelong Learning, an audience of relevant partners in the domain and VET stakeholders and eucen members.


  • HE institutions
  • Employers
  • VET, PHE and CHEVET teachers and trainers
  • Career counsellors
  • Associations of educational institutions
  • National and international Chambers
  • Associations of career counsellors and teachers/professors
  • VET stakeholders

Content: Issues for contributions

Please address in your contributions one of the following concrete issues:

  • Definitions, positions, ways of understanding: Added value and possible tensions between the cultures of VET, HVET, CVET, PHE when it comes to education and their relation with the world of work;
  • Role and influence of stakeholders on the growth of permeability between VET and PHE, the creation of flexible pathways and the recognition of prior learning from the view of various stakeholders:
  1. Employers
  2. Higher Education Institutions /associations
  3. Students
  4. VET providers /associations

    Challenges, opportunities and threats to accommodate different purposes as reskilling, upskilling, personal growth, civil and democratic growth;
  • Special and similar needs of ULLL students coming from initial VET programmes and adult learners in a lifelong learning process as regards permeability, flexible pathways, recognition of prior learning and work based learning: Flexible formats which allow the adult learners to combine their working and social life with a VET or PHE programme. Challenges, opportunities and threats within the different EQF levels involved (5-8);
  • Best Practice Measures to improve the permeability and flexibility between VET and PHE for a range of learners with diverse backgrounds and environmental contexts. Research-based studies on the learning outcomes, possibilities of transfer and benefits of VET and PHE programmes.

We welcome proposals for three types of contributions: (i) papers; (ii) workshops; and (iii) posters.

Topics may include report on research, presentations of best practice and case studies.

Poster session

Concrete projects and examples of good practice on this matter may be presented during a poster session:

  • Projects dealing with the issues mentioned above (Best Practice, networking of VET stakeholders, policy making)
  • EUCEN policy
  • Lessons learnt from various projects dealing with strategic partnerships within Higher Education, HVET, eg. BEEHiVES, Tandem, COMMIT, PROMOTE, Connect-VET, etc.

Parallel sessions (workshops):

The above mentioned themes will be discussed in workshops (parallel sessions) with concrete inputs and testimonies on flexible pathways between VET & PHE. It should focus on identifying the success factors and barriers from the different stakeholder’s perspectives to permeability and flexibility between VET, PHE and CVET. The audience will be invited by the speakers’ statements and following interactive sessions to discuss the three main topics of the workshop.

Submission procedure

Please send your contribution to:

30th of March 2017: Closure of the Call for Contributions.

Please send your contribution (Annex 1 or 2) to:

31st March 2017: Conclusion of review and notification of result to authors

7th of April 2017 Deadline for presenter registration with Early Bird Fees

7th of June 2017: Start of the 49th eucen conference


Lucilia Santos, EUCEN

Beate Hörr, University of Mainz, Germany