Welcome to USBM, the portal for Lifelong Learning

Taking the next step in lifelong learning!

This portal is addressing the Lifelong Learning challenge Universities are currently facing. Lifelong learning is about developing structures for continuing education that fit the realities of professional life and helps complete the knowledge that people acquire during their careers and renew or develop their existing knowledge. It is about all those phrases we use in speeches like “unlocking the knowledge of universities” and “making university education responsive to the needs of business”. Lifelong learning is broadly embraced throughout Europe.

Although lifelong learning is a concept broadly supported and strongly recognised by universities, governments and the EU, it is still in the initial phases of being implemented. Lifelong learning is not widely implemented yet.

Most universities are not sufficiently prepared to deliver lifelong learning. This can easily be explained when looking at their principle task and target groups. In general, universities are bound to their conventional business models focussing on research and innovation and educational programmes in the BA/MA structure. This is the right strategy for the target group of traditional students. To reach a new target group of LLL-students we need to develop new strategies and new business models.

This explains for the most part the hesitation of universities to take the next step in organising lifelong learning. The USBM consortium is bringing together university strategies and business models for lifelong learning that already fulfil the conditions for successful implementation.

Within EADTU, in a collaborative setting of Associations in distance education, conventional universities and distance teaching universities have worked towards institutional strategies and business models for LLL.

Please find our 2 publications on Lifelong Learning below and find your way in organising LLL by using our open on-line Guide:

Overview of USBM products

Report Showcases

Report Organising LLL

Guide of LLL

report showcases

report organising lll

guide of lll


This portal is a result of the USBM project. The USBM project is carried out with the support of the European Commission, DG for Education and Culture, under the lifelong Learning Programme. However sole responsibility for this portal content lies with the EADTU and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.