UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)


The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) was established in 1952 under its original name UNESCO Institute for Pedagogics. It is an international non-profit research, training, information, documentation and publication centre of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

The UIL concentrates on adult and continuing education, adult literacy and non-formal basic education in a perspective of lifelong learning. Executing its education activities the UIL closely cooperates with the UNESCO Secretariat in Paris, its seven educational sister institutes, as well as with other other national and international partners.

The Institute carries out research on educational policy developments worldwide and supports structural and institutional improvements within the framework of UNESCO‘s programme „Lifelong Learning for All“. Pursuant these objectives the UIL issues a series of publications, offers fellowship programmes and organizes training seminars and expert meetings.

Key aspects of the Institute‘s work include adult education in the context of:

  • democracy and active citizenship
  • improved quality of life for economically deprived and marginalized people
  • gender issues
  • ethnic and linguistic minorities
  • environmental protection
  • health education

The UIL also adresses educational issues in crisis areas such as Kosovo and Sierra Leone, coordinates the International Adult Learners‘ Week and organizes the International Award for Literacy Research.

The Documentation Centre and Library holds about 66,000 books, documents and audio-visual items on adult education, literacy and lifelong learning. The Library also has a unique collection of more than 6,000 sample learning materials used in adult literacy, post-literacy and out-of-school education from more than 120 countries in 160 languages.

UIE also detains a collection of more than 1,000 literacy campaign posters.

Periodical Publications

International (quarterly)

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)


UNESCO-Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)
Feldbrunnenstraße 58
20148 Hamburg
Phone: +49 (0)40 448 0410
Fax: +49 (0)40 410 7723