Mann spricht über Nachhaltigkeit

Lifelong learning is part of the path to sustainable development.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Agenda 2030 für Nachhaltige Entwicklung and 17 Ziele für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (Sustainable Development Goals), which in turn are divided into 169 sub-goals. These set standards for the sustainable development of our society on an economic, social and ecological level. 

The projects carried out at the Department of Lifelong Learning also serve to achieve the "Sustainable Development Goals".


The aim of the project "VNFIL" (Validation of non-formal and informal learning) 2018-2024 is to develop methods, tools and standardized procedures, as well as to test and evaluate an application scenario for the crediting of non-formally and informally acquired competences.  An important basis for this is the "Concept on possible validation procedures in the context of LLL" developed in 2019.

Kühe fressen frisches Gras im Stall


The LATEST project (Local-focused AgTech Education for Successful Agricultural Transitions) 2021-2024 aims to promote the inclusion of AgTech in master-level education programmes to train future professionals.


USAGE - Upskilling Agricultural Engineering in Europe (Erasmus +) 2019-2022, aims to enable “digitally intelligent”, sustainable and inclusive agriculture through lifelong learning methods and innovative pedagogical approaches.

Naturlabor Altenberg

The Naturlabor Altenberg offers BOKU course leaders a new opportunity to conduct excursions and exercises, master's and bachelor's theses, as well as courses and projects in the field of lifelong learning.


In cooperation with the Ministerium für ein lebenswertes Österreich a women's network was launched to strengthen, promote and make visible the cooperation of women in disaster risk reduction (we4DRR) on a long-term and sustainable basis. One of the key factors for success is good cooperation and networking among the actors.

Project duration 2018-2021


The Erasmus + project "LaWEEEda" aims to improve and strengthen e-waste education at universities in Brazil and Nicaragua. The project consortium consisting of three European universities (Vienna, Northampton, Hamburg), four Latin American universities (Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Léon) and four companies tries to improve the dialogue between science and practice in the field of e-waste during the project period 10/2016 - 10/2019.

In cooperation with the Institut für Abfallwirtschaft.


The aim of the research project “Global Outlook on Forest Education (GOFE)” is to conduct a global scientific survey on forest education at universities.

Project duration: 2015-2017

Further information can be found in the final report: Global Outlook on Forest Education (GOFE) A Pilot Study Report


The general objectives of the project are to modernize and harmonize higher education by promoting lifelong learning related to sustainable agriculture in non-EU Alpine-Danube-Adriatic countries and to improve networking between EU and partner countries.

Project duration: 2013-2016


In this project initiated by the Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung, a comprehensive concept for the non-formal sector was developed for the entire Austrian educational landscape. Further information can be found on the website of the NQR Koordinierungsstelle.

Project duration: 2013-2016