The European University Continuing Education Network is the largest European multi-disciplinary association in University Lifelong Learning (ULLL). The network was founded in 1991 and is registered in Belgium as an international non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation. It has 212 members from 42 countries.

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University of Lapland

The University of Lapland is an international centre for education and research located in Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle. As the northernmost university in Finland and in the European Union, issues pertaining to the circumpolar north receive special attention and constitute essential topics in research and teaching. The aim of university is to become the leading European centre for northern and Arctic know-how as well as a multi-field expert on service production.

The University of Lapland is a broadly-based university with five faculties approximately 5,000 students, 650 employees and budget of 46 Million Euro. About 400 students are international degree or visiting students and about 400 students are postgraduate students.

With a broad range of study opportunities that combine research with education and science with art; the University of Lapland offers the possibility to learn about art and design, business and tourism, education, law, and social sciences. There is also a wide selection of international courses and programmes from individual courses to international Master’s Degree and Postgraduate Degree studies. In addition, the university has cooperation agreements with research and higher education institutions in 41 countries.

One of the strengths of the university is research related to northern and Arctic issues focusing on the global climate and environmental change, sustainable development, indigenous peoples, Sámi research, and environmental law.

Local Organizing Committee, University of Lapland

Helka Urponen, Ph.D., Director of Quality Assurance, Chairperson
Esa Poikela, Professor, Faculty of Education
Sirpa Purtilo-Nieminen, Development Manager, Open University
Antti Koski, Director, Education and Development Services
Janette Tolppi-Raittimo, Head of Continuing Education, Unit for Further Education, Faculty of Education
Marja-Leena Porsanger, Conference Coordinator, Rovaniemi-Lapland Congresses

Scientific Committee

Kauko Hämäläinen, Professor, Director of Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education
Rob Mark, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland,UK
Esa Poikela, Professor, Faculty of Education
Helka Urponen, Ph.D., Director of Quality Assurance



From left to right: Esko Paakkola (Director of Continuing Education Centre at Joensuu University), 
Esa Poikela, Carme Royo, Kauko Hämäläinen (Professor, Director of Palmenia Centre for Continuing
Education), Janette Tolppi-Raittimo, Sirpa Purtilo-Nieminen, Marja-Leena Porsanger, Helka Urponen.
Missing from the picture: Antti Koski.