History of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) was founded as the UNESCO Institute for Education (UIE) only a few years after the end of the Second World Wari. Its aim back then: improving relations between people and nations through international understanding. While the geographical emphasis was at first largely restricted to Germany and Europe, the Institute became ever more international in outlook from the 1960s onwards.
And in its work, UIE concerned itself increasingly with educational research: both aspects were reflected in 1965 in its constitution. In the years that followed, the Institute widened its perspective to all regions of the world. Activities for the host country receded ever more into the background, and were ended completely in the 1970s. At the same time, UIE aligned itself increasingly with the priorities of UNESCO, which charged UIE in the 1970s with promoting lifelong education.
In 2006, UIL went from operating as a foundation under German civil law to a fully-fledged international UNESCO institute. This change of legal status was preceded by a name change, from UIE to the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), reflecting the Institute’s long-standing focus on adult learning as well as out-of-school and non-formal education within a lifelong learning perspective.