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Featured below and attached are two documents from the Convention for Higher Education on the future of higher education (HE) in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. The documents resulted from two online events at which more than 500 colleagues had registered. They outline some key principles that should underpin the reshaping of the sector over the coming period. They provide the foundation for a much more detailed plan that will be drawn up over the next two months through future online events.

PASCAL International Observatory, whose European base is at the University of Glasgow, is engaged in a range of activities around the world. These includes a major collaborations with the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, a forthcoming webinar series, Learning Cities COVID-19 recovery: from research to practice, led by CR&DALL director, Mike Osborne.

Researchers within our Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) have developed a new programme of work in response to COVID-19, which has been driven both by their knowledge of data availability and by discussions with civic partners about knowledge gaps or analytical requirements.

An International Webinar with over 700 participants on "Rethinking Sustainability and Development in times of COVID-19" on 17 May, was organized by the Department of Chemistry, Morning Star Home Science College in India in collaboration with the university’s Sustainable Futures in Africa network with a presentation by CR&DALL core member, Mia Perry. who co-directs the network.

The coronavirus will push universities around the world to embrace lifelong education in a dramatic "market shift" as they seek a way out of an "existential crisis", according to two leading experts on longevity.

Welcome to an update from the CR&DALL team on recent COVID-19 activities involving members of the School of Education here at the University of Glasgow. We have been involved in initiatives at local, national, and international levels with a range of partners including academics, public and private sector stakeholders, third sector groups, and perhaps most importantly local communities. We are also working at varying scales with micro-interventions at the level of the individual; meso-interventions at the community level, and macro-interventions through engagement with global partners.

The Webinar on “Response of PRIs and CSOs to COVID-19: Good Practices and Way Forward” is being organised jointly by National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (NIRD & PR), Bihar Gram Swaraj Yojna Society and S M Sehgal Foundation Gurugram on Zoom at 3.00 – 5.00 PM on May 27, 2020.

At its AGM on May 14th 2020, the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) elected a new Chair, Professor Jonathan Michie of the University of Oxford

Dear CMAtlv members and sympathizers,

We confirm here that the VI WORLD FORUM FOR LIFE-LONG LEARNING which was scheduled to take place in Brussels in June 2020 is DEFERRED to 2021. We will include in it a forward-looking reflection on what the current global crisis commits us to implementing in terms of Lifelong Learning. We will keep you informed of changes in dates and program.

Low-skilled and low-paid adults are providing essential services and known as key workers during the current pandemic. Will they have better chances for personal and career-related development in the future?, asks the University of Glasgow's Professor Ellen Boeren from the UK.

We live in unprecedented times. COVID-19 has shut down large sectors of the economy, as well as entire education systems. Estimates from UNESCO show that around 90% of the world’s students are currently out of school. Like many of you, we are working from home, drafting this editorial from our home offices under shelter-in-place orders.

The School of Education, College of Social Sciences, is a large and dynamic unit that brings together researchers with expertise across all sectors of education: formal and non-formal, pre-school through to higher, adult, and community education. The School is currently ranked 1st in the UK for Education in the Complete University Guide (2019 and 2020). It offers undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD courses and hosts the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change (ROC); the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (CR&DALL) and the St. Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education.

The COVID-19 pandemic is shaping our lives in many ways. This includes our private situation as well as our engagement as adult educators around the globe. We as DVV International feel that in this situation there is a growing need for communication and exchange. Recognizing this, we decided to start a serious of Video Podcasts with adult educators from various regions and sectors.

The Sustainable Futures in Africa Network, which is co-directed by CR&DALL Core member from the School of Education at the University of Glasgow, Mia Perry, has published recently their Critical Resource for Ethical International Partnerships, which we hope will be of interest to subscribers.

UNESCO and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) continue to support Member States during this time of crisis to ensure that learning does not stop. During the past month, UNESCO learning cities have shared their experiences in facing current challenges through webinars on issues such as distance education, refugees and migrants, and health, as well as through video interviews.

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