Hull College Takes the Lead on Adult Learning at International Conference

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Hull College’s Chief Executive and Principal, Dr Elaine McMahon CBE has represented the UK at a prestigious international conference on community colleges and lifelong learning which will help to form the development of adult learning services in colleges across Canada.

Hull College takes the lead on adult learning at international conference.

Hull College’s Chief Executive and Principal, Dr Elaine McMahon CBE has represented the UK at a prestigious international conference on community colleges and lifelong learning which will help to form the development of adult learning services in colleges across Canada.

The conference in Montreal invited Hull College to share its experience of lifelong learning, recognising the College’s important role within its community and the success of adult education programmes. The invitation followed a recommendation by NIACE (The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) to suggest the name of a leading further education college to represent the UK and join colleges world-wide at the special conference.

After the conference Elaine said:

“We have worked really hard to develop Hull College into a first-class further education provider recognised locally, regionally and nationally for its leading role within the community. I am delighted that the College has received further international recognition and had the opportunity to share its expertise with this congress, which will not only influence the development of adult learning in Canada but will enable funding to be brought into the College.

“Lifelong learning is incredibly valuable both to individuals and businesses, and colleges play a key role by empowering adult learners to upskill, supporting the local economy. The College’s ethos is to ensure that adult learners have access to opportunities in college, the work-place and local community centres.”

Europe is currently leading the way when it comes to adult learning, but it is high on the agenda in North America at the moment as well. Apart from initiatives in Canada to reform adult learning services, President Obama has also made it a priority in the US, by promising investment of $12 billion in community colleges across the country.

Hull College is one of the most successful and largest providers of further education and higher education courses in the UK. It currently has more than 32,000 students across Hull, Goole and Harrogate, as part of the Hull College Group.

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