Title: Through lifelong learning and learning organisations towards sustainable future

Authors: Renata Cepic, Jasna Krstovic

Addresses: Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Rijeka, Trg Ivana Klobucarica 1, 51 000 Rijeka, Croatia. ' Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Rijeka, Trg Ivana Klobucarica 1, 51 000 Rijeka, Croatia

Abstract: The objective of this paper is to investigate and analyse characteristics of constant changes higher education institutions are faced with in their operation and the concept of the learning organisation as an adequate response to changes covering the area of higher education. The paper finds that lifelong learning and becoming the learning organisation are the key factors in the process of implementing many changes these institutions need to undertake in order to fit into contemporary developments successfully. The findings reflect the way to adequately answer actual requests posed to higher education institutions, particularly the empowerment of their partnership with economy.

Keywords: lifelong learning; learning organisations; continuous professional development; knowledge management; KM; sustainable future; sustainability; sustainable development; higher education; universities; educational changes; empowerment; partnerships; economy; innovation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2011.041797

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2011 Vol.10 No.2, pp.195 - 213

Published online: 04 Aug 2011 *

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