Adult education worldwide is a field within education that is challenged by very diverse societal and political conditions and is overall still much less acknowledged and structured than school education. A research project from Universität Hamburg (Germany), Rutgers University (USA) and University of Technology Sydney (Australia) has examined the state of Adult Learning and Education (ALE) in eight selected countries: Australia, Brazil, India, Jordan, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand and Ukraine through interviews with expert informants in each of these countries. The study was initiated in 2022 by DVV International (Institut für Internationale Zusammenarbeit des Deutschen Volkshochschul-Verbandes e.V.) and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

In this webinar we will have the chance to share our findings and get into discussions together. 

Preliminary program

A) 11:00 - 11:15 CET: Welcoming & General introduction (Esther Hirsch, DVV International)

B) 11:15 - 15:05 CET: Presentations (20 min with 20 min discussion)

11:15 - 11:55 CET: Findings on micro level: The flexibility of ALE providers (Keiko Yasukawa, UT Sydney)

11:55 - 12:35 CET: Findings on meso level: The relevance of networks (Anke Grotlüschen, University of Hamburg)

 12:35 - 12:50 CET: Break

12:50 - 13:30 CET: Findings on macro & mega level: The pressure of crises (Alisa Belzer, Rutgers University)

13:30 - 14:10 CET: Country specific findings (Markus Ertner, University of Hamburg)

14:10 - 14:25 CET: Break

14:25 - 15:05 CET: Longitudinal studies’ findings on ALE outcomes (Anke Grotlüschen, University of Hamburg)

C) 15:05 - 15:30 CET: Final remarks, conclusions and further activities


  • Uwe Gartenschlaeger (Director DVV International, GER)
  • Prof. Dr. Anke Grotlüschen (Universität Hamburg, GER)
  • Prof. Dr. Alisa Belzer (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Markus Ertner (Universität Hamburg, GER)
  • Dr. Keiko Yasukawa (University of Technology Sydney, AUS)

Time and date:

2023/09/19, 11:00 - 15:30 (CET) on Zoom. We will share the Zoom-Link after registration deadline (2023/09/18, 12:00 CET).

Zoom (Link will be shared)