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One of the key-issues in the strategic development of the University ofAruba (UA) is
the need to orient its service more explicitly towards the development of the Aruban
society. It is through the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) that the UA plans a
structural and institutional response to this need. In this sense, the CLL extends the
mission and vision of the University of Aruba and does so with a focus on offering
lifelong learning opportunities to various stakeholders in our society (and surrounding
regions) at the individual, organizational as well as national level. Through the CLL the
University van Aruba plays a responsible part in the life of its region and shares its
educational resources more widely.
THE IDENTITY AND STRUCTURE OF THE CLL
The CLL is a leading lifelong learning institute at the University ofAruba making a
significant difference in strengthening the human capital in Aruba, in a continuous effort
to contribute to the sustainable socio-economic growth and development of our nation
and surrounding regions.
The CLL is committed to providing lifelong educational opportunities for holistic human
development. It will also contribute to the social, cultural, scientific and educational
development of Aruba by offering excellent opportunities for lifelong education to the
general public, professionals and other varying target groups. This with the ultimate
goal to empower individuals, their organizations as well as the society.
The goal of the CLL is to provide excellence in continuous personal and professional
development that is both demand and supply driven as well as flexible in nature. The
guiding principle will be one of answering to the needs of the society at large.
The CLL will target locally, regionally and internationally, the following groups:
* The general population, including senior citizens.
* The alumni population (graduates) of the University of Aruba faculties (Post-
bachelor/master), including but not limited to: Law and political studies; Humanities
and social studies; Finance and Accounting; Hospitality and Tourism Management.
* Specific professional groups, including but not limited to: Lawyers and other
professionals in the judicial field; Economic specialists; Educators and Educational
leaders; Art specialists.; Demographic specialists; Political specialists; Media
Internal (at the University of Aruba): The various faculties; The bureau of student care;
The human resources department; The research bureau; The finance department; The
library; and other functional areas.
The values of the CLL flow forth from the guiding principles of the University of Aruba.
They include learning, boldness, collegiality, excellence, collaboration and affiliation,
diversity, innovation, human well-being, accountability, relevance and contextuality.
The CLL will develop a wide array of continuous Inspired by UNESCO
personal and professional development that is vision on
both demand and supply driven as well as
flexible in nature. The guiding principle will be higher education.
one of answering to the needs of the society at
large. The mission of the CLL is inspired
by UNESCO's vision for higher
In order to help realize the mission of providing education, which is "....to provide
lifelong higher education opportunities for holistic opportunities for learning
human development in Aruba, the approach of throughout life, giving to learners
the CLL will be one of seeking collaboration and an optimal range of choice and a
synergy with various partners, as ,,ell as creating flexibility of entry and exit points
win-win alliances with stakeholders from both the within the system, as well as an
public and private sector. In addiltin, the CLL will opportunity for individual
strive to respond to the needs of its locality, development and social mobility in
region and country, with diverse outlooks, order to educate for citizenship
instruments and modalities, and for active participation in
The CLL will utilize a combination of various
instruments in order to meet the various needs
and demands of the market, including but not THE STRATEGIC
limited to: OBJECTIVES OF UA
* Lectures Quality improvement.
* "Studium Generale" Development of research.
* "PAO" ("Post Academic Onderwijs") Placing students at the center.
* Tailor-made training/schooling Strengthening of service to the
* Seminars and symposia society.
* Workshops Expansion of the regular higher
* Short courses including summer courses education programs and
* E-learning and other distance learning possibilities of studies.
opportunities Expansion of access.
Regional and international
Processes and procedures cooperation.
The processes and procedures will flow forth
from the overall strategic approach of the The CLL extends the UA's
University of Aruba, which stress the importance strategic objectives, with particular
of vision, planning, structure, evaluation, emphasis on the aim of
accountability and relevant development lines, strengthening of service to the
They will include: society and expansion of access.
* Working structurally and systematically (with
short and long-term planning).
* Project-based approach.
* Synergism to meet the relevant needs of
different target groups
* Regular monitoring and evaluation to ensure
A system of quality control will be an integral part of the way in which the CLL operates, in
order to ensure the highest quail, of the products and services delivered by the CLL.
There will be standardized and quantifiable means of continuously evaluating the end
results against the intended goals and overall mission throughout the various projects
undertaken by the CLL.
Tools such as yearly surveys, interviews and/or focus groups to inventory the needs of
relevant target groups are but one example in which the CLL intends to implement
checks and balances to ensure the highest possible relevance for the society at large.
The following program areas have been identified and defined:
1. Society & Government
2. Culture &Art
3. Science & Technology
4. Care & Education
5. Commerce & Business
6. Communication & Language
stand alone or
separate from the
that it serves.
It is with this perspective that the
CLL, as an integral part of the
University of Aruba, wishes to
grow and develop into one of
the leading lifelong learning
institutes in Aruba and
In order to realize this most wortliwhiile aim, we wifl needtfiefidllsupport andl
participation both :, ,iir ',,i, and, 'a. ,i' to liefp buiid andsliape the CLL into an
institute that serves tie needs of our nation and tlat we as a nation can afl fe proud of
The Center for Lifelong Learning
at the University of Aruba
J. Irausquinplein 4
Telephone: (297) 582-3901, ext. 233
Fax: (297) 583-1770