Lifelong learning: Meaning, challenges, and opportunities

Colin Nelson POWER, Rupert MACLEAN

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In the foreseeable future, Asia will face some daunting demographic, economic and environmental challenges, all of which will necessitate the acquisition of new knowledge and skills if development in the region is to be sustainable and to cope with the impact of climate change and advances in science and technology. In this chapter, it is argued that skills development throughout life is crucial for all, for the entire workforce ranging from ‘knowledge workers’ to those living in poverty and refugees (political, economic and environmental). The research suggests that VET, industry-based training and adult and continuing education play a pivotal vital role in providing the ‘additionality’ needed for sustainable development and that skills development must be an integral part of education at all levels and in all of its form. Copyright © 2013 Asian Development Bank. The book is published with open access at
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSkills development for inclusive and sustainable growth in developing Asia-Pacific
EditorsRupert MACLEAN, Shanti JAGANNATHAN, Jouko SARVI
Place of PublicationDordrecht
ISBN (Electronic)9789400759374
ISBN (Print)9789400759367
Publication statusPublished - 2013


Power, C. N., & Maclean, R. (2013). Lifelong learning: Meaning, challenges, and opportunities. In R. Maclean, S. Jagannathan, & J. Sarvi (Eds.), Skills development for inclusive and sustainable growth in developing Asia-Pacific (pp. 29-42). Dordrecht: Springer.


  • Sustainable development
  • Lifelong learning
  • Poverty reduction
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Informal learning


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