Learning Regions in Austria
Learning regions are instruments aimed at encouraging lifelong learning and establishing knowledge management in rural areas.
In a learning region, relevant stakeholders in the region build a network that focuses on learning. The network develops a strategy for offering attractive learning opportunities in line with regional needs and demands. It defines main areas of activity and draws up educational projects. The objective is to increase the education and training opportunities of rural populations and enhance their interest in further education and training.
Austria’s learning regions are supported on the basis of the European Union Rural Development programmes. The Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Environment is in charge of implementation.
At present (2011), approximately 39 regions in Austria take part in the Learning Regions programme.
For further information on learning regions in Austria please contact the Austrian Institute for Adult Education, which provides assistance in the development of learning regions.