Education expert to help develop World Economic Forum lifelong learning policy

A University of Wolverhampton professor has been chosen to help influence future education policy as part of a World Economic Forum group.

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Professor of Education, Alan Tuckett, has been asked, as part of the Forum’s System Initiative on the Future of Education, Gender and Work, to join a series of dialogues to support the development of a draft lifelong learning policy for the World Economic Forum.

A policy will be developed and delivered at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2018.

Professor Tuckett is an internationally recognised expert in adult education and advises UNESCO on adult and lifelong learning.

He said: “Lifelong learning is key to both economic development and social cohesion, and whilst governments have a vital role in establishing overall strategy, it is at regional and sub-regional level that educational agencies, businesses and the third sector can effectively work together to create a culture of lifelong learning.  That is the core rationale for the Learning Region initiative the University of Wolverhampton is actively supporting across the Black Country and in Telford.”

Alan Tuckett was the President of the International Council of Adult Education 2011-2015, and contributed to work on the educational dimensions of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and is internationally recognised and published on education and lifelong learning.

From 1988-2011 he was Chief Executive of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), where he led a research and development programme totalling some £45 million, advised ministers on adult learning policy, and created the annual Adult Learners’ Week.

Alan was awarded the OBE in 1995, and has honorary doctorates from eight universities.