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Stakeholder Audit Tools for Universities. Universities' roles in a developing Learning Region

Introduction to the Universities Stakeholder Audit Tool

The European Commission definition of a learning region is as follows:

‘A learning city, town or region recognises and understands the key role of learning in the development of basic prosperity, social stability and personal fulfilment, and mobilises all its human, physical and financial resources creatively and sensitively to develop the full human potential of all its citizens’

Swot-analysis as a basis for regional strategies (Finland;Sweden)

This working paper on the utilisation of SWOT analysis for strategic regional
planning in Nordic countries is the result of a pilot project that sought to address two
felt needs in the strategic planning sphere:
· Evaluation of the practical context of SWOT analysis within the programming
documents and thus assessing the value added of this technical instrument. In
the end it boils down to the question of whether SWOT succeeds in
accentuating regional specificity to the extent that the region in question is

The central education portal for the Euroregion Neisse-Nysa-Nisa (www.bildungsmarkt-neisse.de)

The border region between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic has at its disposal interesting, regionally specific and above all cross-border teaching and learning materials with a broad spectrum of subjects: introduction to the history,
culture, politics and economy of Poland and the Czech Republic, the teaching of intercultural skills, language courses etc.

The City as a Learning Organisation - Charter

THIS CITY IS A LEARNING ORGANISATION

WE RECOGNISE THE CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING AS THE MAJOR DRIVING
FORCE FOR THE WELL-BEING OF OUR LOCAL AUTHORITY STAFF AND THE CITIZENS OF
OUR REGION, AND THE CREATION OF A PROSPEROUS, STABLE AND SUSTAINABLE
SOCIETY IN WHICH WE CAN ALL SHARE

So begins this charter, which goes on to outline 13 ways in which the city can improve its performance vis a vis its citizens and the employees who work for it.

The full charter is attached

The ELLI Charter for Learning Cities

Charters are documents intended to convey a commitment to a course of action or a set of principles. The ELLI Charter on Learning Cities has been adapted by several forward-looking European cities to demonstrate their own commitment to the construction of a learning city or region. It was developed by the European Lifelong Learning Initiative (now sadly defunct) for that purpose.

The ELLI INDICATORS for Adult Education in a Lifelong Learning City/Region

In a lifelong learning world, Adult Education must move with the times. The attached diagram of Indicators suggests the new focus of an Adult Learning Institution and its responsibilities in a Lifelong Learning City. First produced by Norman Longworth for ELLI, the European Lifelong Learning Initiative, it has since been modified.

The ELLI Indicators for Local Authorities in a Learning City/Region

Local Authorities will provide the leadership for the creation of learning cities, towns and regions since it is often responsible for economic and social growth. The chart attached, first developed by the European Lifelong Learning Initiative and since modfified, will provide useful indicators for this process.

The ELLI Indicators for National Government in the building of Learning Cities and Regions

National Government also has a responsibility for leading the creation of learning cities, towns and regions by making it a matter of national policy. The attached chart, created by the European Lifelong Learning Initiative, outlines some indicators useful for setting government policy

The ELLI INDICATORS for Schools in a Lifelong Learning City/Region

In a Lifelong Learning world, Schools are required to perform a much wider range of tasks and have far more responsibilities to their customers - children, parents, Governors, society - than used to be the case.

Tha attached Indicators of a Lifelong Learning School, first prodcued for the European Lifelonmg Learning Initiative by Norman Longworth, shows the changes that need to be made to the way that schools operate in the 21st century

The ELLI INDICATORS for Teacher Training in a Learning City or Region

Teachers are often the last to know about lifelong learning and learning cities. And yet they are key people in the process, since they teach a city's future citizens. The attached set of indicators, first developed by Norman Longworth of the European Lifelong Learning Initiative and since modified, show how in-service and pre-service teacher training can contribute.

The ELLI INDICATORS for Universities in a lifelong learning city/region

Universities are required to perform ever more complex tasks in a lifelong learning world. The attached set of Indicatiors, first produced by Professor Longworth of the European Lifelong Learning Initiative, helps to focus the new function of the university and its responsibilities in a Learning Region.

The ELLI Learner's Charter

The European Lifelong Learning Initiative developed, before its demise, a number of charters dealing with different aspects of Lifelong Learning and the Learning City/Region. In their definition a charter is a document or a declaration containing guidelines or action points which any organisation can convert into a commitment to implement in practice.

The attached Learner's Charter describes the rights which a learning city/region or learning organisation could guarantee to the learners within its aegis.

The Learning Ladder - A Personal Development Vision

Personal enjoyable learning is THE major activity in a Learning City. The attached diagram shows the progression from Ignorance to Wisdom of the individual learner. It has been featured in several books on the subject

The LILLIPUT Learning Materials - an Overview

The LILLIPUT Materials cover a wide selection of Learning City and Learning Region Topics. They comprise 14 Modules, 71 Key Topics, 200+ lessons and approximately 300 hours of learning material on most aspects of Learning Cities and Learning Regions. Each Module, topic and lesson contains objectives, and suggestions on how to teach them in a lifelong learning way. They were developed in a European Commission Socrates Grundtvig project led by Napier University, Edinburgh (Professors Norman Longworth and Sam Allwinkle) and including the following organisations

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