Consortium EADTU on LLL

Since October 2008 a study among 12 European universities was conducted under this USBM project in order to identify best practices in dealing with lifelong learning within higher education. The partners in the USBM project all are dedicated open universities as well as mixed mode universities.


EADTU (The Netherlands)

Established in 1987, the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities is Europe’s institutional network for open and flexible higher education. At present its membership comprises the open and distance teaching universities, national consortia which connect conventional universities and associate members from non-European countries.



Aberta (Portugal) 

Since its foundation, in 1988, Universidade Aberta has given new opportunities for higher education training around the world. Universidade Aberta, as a pioneer institution in distance higher education in Portugal and the main national centre of expertise, in the area, developed the know-how that allows it to be the biggest provider of on-line courses in the country. UAb has some considerable expertise on the field of Virtual Mobility based on its participation in the NetActice project and EduContact, among others.


Open University (United Kingdom)

The Open University (OU) is Europe’s largest Higher Education Institution. Through open and distance learning the OU is able to reach people who would otherwise find it difficult to study and train further, but increasingly is teaching younger students who can no longer study at traditional universities, and prefer to combine work with their studies. The OU’s mission is to be ‘open to people, places, methods and ideas’.


Open Universiteit Nederland (The Netherlands)

Open Universiteit Nederland develops, provides and promotes innovative distance education of academic quality, in collaboration with other institutions of higher education. As the prime Dutch university for lifelong learning, it addresses the wide-ranging needs of people during their course of life, plus the need to achieve a considerable increase of the knowledge level of the community at large.


UNED (Spain)

From its founding in 1973, UNED’s mission has been to provide higher education qualifications irrespective of geographical location or other personal circumstances barring people from attendance-based universities.  At present, it has a network of more than 60 centers throughout the country and 14 study centers abroad.


FernUniversität in Hagen (Germany)

FernUniversität in Hagen is the only state-maintained distance teaching university in German-speaking countries and regions with 60 study centres in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Central and Eastern Europe. The presently registered 45,000 students benefit from the modern ICT-based distance education system which combines pedagogically well prepared study units with individual support, net-based co-operation, online communication offers, and face-to-face sessions. FernUniversität offers a real alternative to on-campus studies for everyone in a flexible way with regard to time, place and pace of studying towards high-quality final degrees (Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate) and university qualifications. Thus, FernUniversität also stands for the trend towards lifelong learning for all those persons of all ages who need update of academic and scientific knowledge and skills in parallel to employment or family activities, and already has developed business models for lifelong learning.


Anadolu University (Turkey)

Anadolu University is a pioneer institution to solve educational problems in Turkey at a distance since 1982. AU also serves Turkish citizens living in the EU member states. The open education system offers 27 associate and bachelor degree programs. Today, 44 % of the overall on and off campus Turkish higher education students are enrolled at AU’s distance learning system.  Teaching materials are designed and prepared with the self-study format.


International Telematic University UNINETTUNO (Italy)

The International Telematic University UNINETTUNO is a single institution conceived on a grand scale. At UNINETTUNO, prestigious professors from the most important universities of the world teach courses in various languages in both real classrooms and virtual ones on the Internet. 

A dream that has become reality: anyone can attend this international university no matter where you are. Distance, space and time are no longer an obstacle!


Linköping University (Sweden)
Linkoping University is renowned for its innovative educational spirit and its long-standing tradition of interdisciplinary studies and research. LiU has its educational roots in the late 1960s and is now one of Sweden’s larger academic institutions. Our strategic enterprises reflect the dual criteria of scientific relevance and of being of benefit to the public.


Danish Association of Open Universities (Denmark) 

Aarhus University is a member of the Danish Association of Open Universities, which was formed in 1995 as a prolongation of Jutland Open University, established in 1982. At Aarhus University academic values form the basis for all activities. Via curious research, critical analysis and ongoing debate, researchers and students endeavour to find new ways to gain insight, understanding, spiritual development and education for the benefit of society as a whole. Aarhus University is a dual mode research university with both campus-based student and students in open learning degree programmes.


KU Leuven (Belgium)

K.U. Leuven, founded in 1425, is Belgium’s largest university. As a leading European research university, it offers a wide variety of academic programmes in Dutch and English. More than 6000 researchers, from over 120 countries, participate in fundamental and  translational research at K.U. Leuven, in close collaboration with industry. As a comprehensive university , K.U. Leuven offers three-year  bachelor and one- and two- years academic master’s programmes in almost all disciplines.


Lund University (Sweden) 

Lund University was founded in 1666. Today it is an international centre for research and education that has approximately 38 000 students. Lund University is the strongest research university in Sweden and one of Scandinavia's largest institutions for education and research. It is active in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg, and has a comprehensive global network of contacts and growing co-operation within the Öresund University. Lund University focuses on students, teachers and researchers and believe it is important that their students realise the full significance of learning, critical thinking and creativity.


MESI (Russia)

Moscow State University for Economics, Statistics and Informatics established in 1932 is one of Russia’s leading higher education institutions in the field of economics, statistics and computer science both for Russian nationals and nationals of other countries. MESI is the leading Russian distance teaching university with overall number of students of more than 150 000. MESI has over 70 years of experience in distance education, over 30 years in computer-based instruction and 10 years of e-learning practice.


Fernstudien Schweiz (Switzerland) 

The Institute for Research in Open-, Distance- and eLearning was founded in 2005 by the Distance University of Applied Sciences Switzerland and the Distance Learning University Switzerland. It forms the interface between pedagogical requests and the requirements of media and information technology.