Convener: Diane Hirshberg, University of Alaska Anchorage


Today, the changing and transforming world challenges mankind to face a vibrant process of the constant professional development and skills improvement. Lifelong Professional Education, traditionally defined as Continuing Education, needs to respond to external factors including the political and economic changes in the world. This session will examine the current state of the quality of life in the North, discuss offered job opportunities, employment issues, vocational training services, and other topics. The session describes several studies looking at these issues from different perspectives providing international background, thereby functioning as a platform for discussions, debates, networking, and a source for further collaborations and joint projects.