International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame
European Chapter (HOFE)


The International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame honors outstanding leaders in the fields of adult learning and continuing education who are distinguished as a scholar, practitioner, or policy-maker.

The Hall serves as a record of inspiration for the next generation of adult and continuing education leaders.

To be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame, a person must be eminently distinguished in the profession, shall have brought honor or distinction, and shall have contributed to the heritage of adult and continuing education.

Annually, around ten adult and continuing education leaders from around the world are selected for induction into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. These individuals reflect the great diversity of adult and continuing education practice and scholarship and the increasingly global leadership community that constitutes the IACE Hall of Fame.

On this page we supply additional information about and for members of the Hall of Fame specificly in the European region.


Our last virtual meeting of the Hall of Fame, European Chapter, took place on Monday 7 November:

HOF-members at Singapores Global Lifelong Learning Summit

Singapore hosted its first Global Lifelong Learning Summit on 1-2 November 2022. Organised by the Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore University of Social Sciences and SkillsFuture Singapore, and in partnership with the ASEM Lifelong Learning Hub, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, the ILO and the OECD, the Summit attracted around 700 participants. The topic centered on lifelong learning as a key enabler to impact lives and maintain employability. Lifelong learning requires an eco-system of learners, institutions, enterprises and Government to work in concert. What collaborative models across these stakeholders are most effective? What needs to change to ensure that the socio-economic impact of lifelong learning is maximized?
The first session on Global Experiences in Lifelong Learning Policy Development and Implementation was moderated by Raul Valdes Cotera (HOF 2022), and session four on the ASEM Lifelong Hub – Enabling Capital for Lifelong Learners, was moderated by Séamus O’Tuama (HOF 2022). Further two HOF members participated, Wing On Lee (HOF 2022), and Arne Carlsen (HOF 2017). Three ministers delivered keynotes, and important messages on impact were formulated by the partner organisations. A ministerial panel discussion on A Future-Ready Lifelong Learning Ecosystem concluded the Summit. Singapore plans to hold such Global Lifelong Learning Summits every two years.

from left to right: Prof. Wing On Lee, (Singapore, HOF 2022), Executive Director of the Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore University of Social Sciences; Dir Séamus O’Tuama (Ireland, HOF 2022), Chair of the ASEM Lifelong Learning Hub, Prof.(H) Arne Carlsen (Denmark, HOF 2017), Chair of the Expert Review Panel, Workforce Development Applied Research Fund, SkillsFuture Singapore; Teamleader Raul Valdes Cotera (Mexico, HOF 2022), coordinator of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.

Another Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Europe (after Bamberg 2006, Budapest 2008, Iasi 2014, and Belgrade 2019) took place September 28, 2022 in Cork, Ireland!

The new inductees: Names from left to right:
Front row: Mejai Avoseh (USA) - Larissa Jogi (Estonia) - Laura Bierema (USA) - Michael Osborne (UK) - Nancy Taber (Canada) - Wing On Lee (Singapore) - Linda Morris (USA) - Raul Valdes Cotera (Mexico)
Back row: Niamh O'Reilly (Ireland)- representative of AONTAS - Sabine Schmidt-Lauff (Germany) - Licinio Lima (Portugal) - Andras Benedek (Hungary) - Rolf Arnold (Germany) - Darlene Clover (Canada) - Daphne Ntiri (USA) - Robert Mizzi (Canada) - Seamus O'Tuama (Ireland) - Per Paludan Hansen (Denmark)

More information abut the event   and the program

From André Schläfli and Sturla Bjerkaker to Eva Farkas and Arne Carlsen:
Hall of Fame Europe has new chairs!

In the business meeting in Cork (Sept. 27, 2022) new chairs were elected. Thank you to André and Sturla for their engaged work! Congratulations and good luck to Eva and Arne as our new leaders! Thank you to Simona Sava for the photos!

Hall of Fame Europe (HOFE) create Think Thank

At a conference in Zürich 7 – 8 September 2016 a group of European inductees in the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame met to discuss further cooperation about the future of adult education in Europe and the role of HOFE. More:

Most Hall of Fame Europeans still active in Adult Education

During Autumn 2015, Sturla Bjerkaker presented a Survey for the European inductees of the International Adult Continuing Education Hall of Fame. For the full report of the Survey .

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