Lifelong learning and the autumn of Europeanization in Asia

Duke, C. (2012) Lifelong learning and the autumn of Europeanization in Asia. International Journal of Continuing Engineering, Education and Life-Long Learning, 4(2), pp. 17-34.

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The persisting global financial crisis prompts new waves of reflection on longer-term trends and shifts of influence and power in an increasingly "globalized" and still neo-liberal world. The economic domination of the West is declining, the power of Asia rapidly increasing. North to South transfer of models and practices from Europe to Asia is fraught with problems, but assumptions about linear progress and modernity remain pervasive. Cultural, demographic, and historical diversity are the essential context for effective understanding and policy-making; within Europe, throughout the Asian region, and between these two continents. The ideas of lifelong learning, the learning region, including the engagement of universities in local region development, have been formulated and advocated by western-based IGOs and partly applied in the West, especially Europe, for several decades. They have suffered severe, partly neo-liberal, impoverishment making them less fit to build long-term sustainability. Their attempted transposition to the Asian region demonstrates the challenges implied, and the obstacle of assumed western superiority. There is, however, great potential for open-minded reciprocal inter-regional learning between these large continental as well as small local regions.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Duke, Professor Chris
Authors: Duke, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:International Journal of Continuing Engineering, Education and Life-Long Learning
ISSN (Online):1741-5055

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