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This project has examined how the universities in the EU respond to the concept of lifelong learning (LLL) and has analysed the structural and functional implications which the application of the concept entails for the universities in the 'information society'. The study also investigated and discussed policies and university practices of LLL and raises more general questions concerning strategy and the problems involved in LLL provision at university level.
The research took place between November 1988 and November 2000 in England, France, Germany, Greece, Norway, Spain and Sweden and was based on literature surveys and field studies in a sample of four universities from each country (28 in all). Each national study involved documentation and interviews with members of university administration and faculty. The studies were based on a common methodology entailing specific criteria of identification of LLL provision and yielded perceptions of lifelong learning from the perspectives of disciplines at different levels.

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