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Adult education,lifelong learning, community outreach and ICT in Sweden

  • Ebba Ossiannilsson
  • Robin Mark
Publiceringsår: 2003
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 1-14
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: THE ALPINE MANUAL OF GOOD PRACTICE (ebook)
Dokumenttyp: Del av eller Kapitel i bok
Förlag: Alpine, Queens University, UK


Adult education in Sweden is extensive, based on a long tradition and range from higher education to non-formal popular education. Swedish adult education is highly decentralised and autonomous. As a general principle, adult education is free of charge for the learners and financed by the public budget.

The Swedish perspectives takes it’s starting point from the initiatives of OECD, the European Commission, the Northern eDimension and the Swedish government.

Concerning ICT, the infrastructure and high degree of development is reflected everything from the road and highway network, the railroads and other transportation systems to IT, a field in which Sweden is sometimes classified as the most developed nation in the world. In 2001 we got a new Government Bill, The Open University with guidelines for all HEI in the country. This is the government’s suggestion for taking measures to widen recruitment and to open doors for several different ways to Universities. Activities in the Bill are: Changes in the law, a special recruitment delegation, stimulation of local activity plans, a widen base year education, college education, real competence, alternative selection(10% of the admissions capacity), flexible learning, distributed learning, prosecute education on mission, even from customers outside the EES-region and The Swedish Net University. The einitiatives in Sweden follow the concept by Taylor (2003) the “Fifth Generation Distance Education”.

Professional organizational bodies which co-operate with Universities are ITIS, NADE, NiTUS, and UR.


  • Educational Sciences
  • ICT
  • community outreach
  • adult education
  • onlinelearning
  • netbased learning
  • lifelong learning
  • ODL


  • 87515-CP-1-2000-2-UK-Grundvig-ADU, 2003

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