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Why lifelong learning is the international passport to success
Some universities already play a critical role in lifelong learning as they want to keep the value of their diplomas. This new role comes with a huge set of challenges, and needs largely to be invented. One way to start this transformation process could be to go beyond the 'five-year diploma model' ...

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The lifelong passport

Nowadays, everybody is aware of the importance a university diploma has for one's future. However, the fact that learning goes beyond the five years spent at university is just started to be taken ...

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Learning practical skills

Subjects like maths and physics provide you with an appropriate base for lifelong learning. 

Another major component of this process refers to the high importance of learning through pro...

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Advantages and disadvantages of lifelong learning

While resorting to lifelong learning may provide some advantages, such as enabling individuals of different ages and professional experience levels to share their knowledge, it also has certain dis...

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