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Lifelong Learning and Higher Education: Learning Pathways, Skills for Employability, Care of Professionalization (LILAH)

  •   Keywords: lifelong learning, higher education, adult education, competences, employability, talents, professionalization, guidance, job placement, care of self, educational care


  • RU’s Coordinator and members: Vanna Boffo (Coordinator) Ph.D,  (Un. Florence); Prof. Dr. h.c. Paolo Federighi, (Un. Florence); Prof. Dr. Simona Sava, (University of West Timisoara); Prof. Dr. Regina Egetenmeyer (University of Würzburg); Dr. Francesca Torlone (Researcher – University of Florence); Dr. Gaia Gioli (Post Doc – University of Florence)


  • Involved Departments:
    1. Department of Education and Psychology, University of Florence
    2. West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Sociology and Psychology, Department of Educational Sciences


  1. Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Philosophische Fakultät II, Institut für Pädagogik


  • Research Issues:
  1. To analyze and to build up the curricula and the strategies in the Higher Education for allowing the young people enter into the Labour Market after their graduate university courses.
  2. To study and to manage pathes of higher Education for growing up the better skills, the better talents, the best performances for the entrance in the World Labour Market.
  3. To specify and to implent the Soft skills for the care of the professionalization strategies and the care of the people on the job.


  • Aims and objectives: 
  1. To product new knowledges in the Higher Education and in the Adult Education fields for new jobs and works for graduates in the education and social services;
  2. To develop new models of curricula for the higher education at University level;
  3. To innovate the languages, and the Services in the Guidance and Job Placement in the University; 
  4. To build soft skills and the transversal competences for the placement of young graduate people, for the innovative , professional and formative curricula;
  5. Modelling the transition to work of young graduates into the social economy


  • Current projects: Funded researches:
  1. National Research Project (PRIN) MINISTERO DELL'ISTRUZIONE DELL'UNIVERSITÀ E DELLA RICERCA. PROGRAMMI DI RICERCA SCIENTIFICA DI RILEVANTE INTERESSE NAZIONALE - Bando 2012D.M. 28 dicembre 2012 n. 957/Ric PROGETTO DI RICERCA TRIENNALE (prot. 2012LATR9N) EMP&Co. Project (8/3/2014-8/3/2017) (Scientific Coordinator Un. Florence: Vanna Boffo) To design innovative programs for higher education, to promote a personalized learning, to build on job competencies, to value talents to create new work-opportunities. “Positive strategies in Higher Education to support young adults during their employment emergency, as a response to socio-economic crisis and as a citizenship action.”
  2. European Project Number: 540117-LLP-1-2013-1-DE-ERASMUS-EQMC ESRALE Project (1/10/2013-30/9/2016): European Studies and Research in Adult Learning and Education. (Scientific Coordinator University of Florence: Prof. Paolo Federighi) (This project is funded with support from the European Commission. This project reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein).
  3. DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Comparative Studies in Lifelong Learning (2015) (Scientific Coordinator:  Regina Egetenmeyer) Study Seminars in University of Würzburg funded by DAAD
  4. European Project Number 2015 2015-1-DE01-KA203-002203 COMPALL project (01.09.2015- “Comparative Studies on Adult and Lifelong Learning” Scientific Coordinator of the University of Florence: Prof. Vanna Boffo). (This project reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein).


Scientific dissemination initiatives




International Conference "Reflective and transformative learning: Rethinking Teaching and learning methods", University of Siena (19-20.03.2015)


Winter School 2015, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg Germany (28.01.2015-06.02.2015)


Kick off meeting COMPALL Project, University of Florence (17-19.12.2015)


Meeting of the National Coordinators of the "Prin EMP & Co. Project, Employability and Competences", University of Florence (19.06.2015)


International Workshop "Empirical Research Methodology in Adult Learning and Education Workshop", University of Florence (30.04.2015)


COMPALL Winter School 2016 ‘Comparative Studies in Adult and Lifelong learning’, Julius Maximilian University Würzburg, Germany (02.02.2016-12.02.2016)

International conference “Building up Professionals in Education and Care: the Penitentiary context and Higher Education” University of Florence (10-11.12. 2015)


ESRALE International Meeting at the Dublin City University (24-26.06.2015)





Prof. Vanna Boffo and Prof. Regina Egetmeyer interviews. International Conference ESRAELE Project held at the Higher Education Research Center (HERC) (06/07/2015)



ESRALE Summer Academy "Empirical Research in Adult Learning and Education" University of Belgrade, Serbia (14-20.09.2015)



International Conference - “Building up Professionals in Education and Care: the Penitentiary context and Higher Education”-  University of Florence 10-1.12.2015)



ESRALE meeting , University of Florence, Italy  (13-15.04.2016)



Scientific research products

  • ESRALE Workshop Models



Next initiatives





‘‘Fostering Work-Related Learning in Higher Education: methods, strategies and experiences”, University of Florence, Italy (20-22.10.2016, Training Course)



Final International Meeting of the PRIN EMP&Co. project (10-11 March 2017)

International Conference “Research in Adult Learning and Education. From the local to the global perspective”,   30 June 2016, University of Florence, Italy

International COMPALL Meeting 9-11 May 2016, Aarhus University.


Second Transnational Meeting COMPALL project 9 May 2016


Winter School 2017 „Comparative STudies in Sdult and Lifelong Learning” University of Wuerzburg.




Vanna Boffo: vanna.boffo(AT);  

Paolo Federighi: paolo.federighi(AT);

Simona Sava: ssava(AT);

Regina Egetenmeyer: regina.egetenmeyer(AT)

last update: 18-Dec-2017
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