Associate Professor in Adult Education and HRD
University of Pécs
Balázs Németh, PhD, University of Pecs, Associate Professor of Lifelong Learning at the Faculty of Adult Education and HRD of the University of Pécs, graduated in History and English at the University of Pécs in 1995, received an MA in History from the State University of New York and Central-European University in Budapest and a postgraduate degree in European Law at the University of Pécs. He is Vice-Head of the Department of Adult Education, Head of the Regional Lifelong Learning Research Center of the Faculty, and represents the Faculty and the University in national and European research projects on adult continuing education and lifelong learning (e.g. Socrates Erasmus, Grundtvig and Tempus projects). He has been working in the Faculty for a decade and has participated joint European networks (e.g. EUCEN) and related projects, researching the role of higher education in adult and continuing education and lifelong learning (e.g. TheNUCE, EULLearN, ALPINE, EUROEDULT, DILLMULI, LILARA), also on curriculum development for adult educators (e.g. Socrates Grundtvig TEACH project – www.teach.pl) He is the official representative of the University of Pécs in EUCEN and EAEA.
Dr Németh was a key figure to take the learning region initiative into the focus of discussion of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) of the European Union as an alternate member of the Education, Research Commission of the CoR. He has published research papers on the development of European lifelong learning policy as part of the Lisbon strategic planning, and has elaborated upon the role of university continuing education in Hungary (globalisation, lifelong learning and their impact on the adult education of Central East-European countries, see Journal of Adult and Continuing Education. 9.1. 2003; University Continuing Education in Hungary; M. Osborne and E. Thomas (eds.) Lifelong Learning in a Changing Continent. Continuing Education in the Universities of Europe. NIACE, 2003. 8; Lifelong Learning – historical overview, in S. Schmidt-Lauff (hrsg.); Adult Education and Lifelong Learning. A European View as perceived by participants in exchange programme, Verlag Dr. Kovac 2003, and edited books on adult and continuing education (e.g. B. Németh and F. Pöggeler (eds.) (2002) Ethics, Ideals and Ideologies in the History of Adult Education. Peter Lang, Hamburg; B. Németh - Jutta Thinesse-Demel (eds.) (2004) Museums as learning places, LERNMUSE- A SOCRATES-Accompanying Measures, Project number 2002-3478/001-001 SO2 81AWC, PTE TTK FEEFI. Pécs.
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