Message from the Executive committee
Nowadays, higher education is heading a completely new direction. Today, universities, around the world are supposed to be not only centers of education and research but to be engines of economic growth, and to be technical leaders of “society” and industry. The present-day third generation universities are also centers for innovation generation, implementation and transfer of knowledge.
Needless to say, the world is also rapidly changing and transforming in an interconnected and interrelated way. The most important phenomena of our era are globalization and to be knowledge-based. The ‘advanced' nations are moving away from the manufacturing-based economies towards so-called knowledge-based economies that rely heavily on scientific research and “trained workforce”. These nations no longer compete for industrial capacity or access to natural resources, but rather for “skilled workers”, intellectual property and knowledge. The need for “skilled” and “trained” workforce leads to innovations in educational aspects not only in universities but in learning methods at large.
Lifelong learning has become a new educational phenomenon for Turkey and also for the rest of the world. Commonly, life learning is defined as the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated" pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability. European Union defines this new educational phenomenon as any individual, social or institutional action aiming to develop skills and to gain information throughout lifespan.
Sustainable Development Objectives adopted by the United Nations in 2015 promote lifelong education under the title of Quality Education. Europe 2020 defines “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth” as EU’s current transformation strategy and as its targets for the year of 2020. There is a strong emphasis on lifelong learning as a tool to realize these targets.
Boğaziçi University through its Lifelong Learning Center (BULLC) launched in 2002, has a leading role in establishing the lifelong learning philosophy in Turkey and aims to educate and to improve enlightened and innovative individuals of all ages; and to furnish them with knowledge, know-how and skills required by the rapidly changing world.
It would be a pleasure to share with you the 155 year-old experience of Boğaziçi University.
Prof. Ayşın Ertüzün
Chair, BULLC Executive Committee