• Adult education in Austria is characterised by a high degree of institutional diversity, where learning provision takes place across NGOs, enterprises and associations. The participation in adult education in Austria is rather high and above the EU average. Corresponding to the need of upskilling, in the past Austria has launched several policy frameworks and projects to improve access to education; especially for the more socio-economically disadvantaged persons.

Austria country reports

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  • Austria introduction

    Recently, the Austrian government has introduced a number of new policies; their main objective is to boost digital competencies, particularly in enterprise and the adult education sector. In the past year, adult education organisations have set up...
  • Recent developments in Austria

    At the moment the educational sphere is focusing mostly on digitalisation. The Pact for Digital Competence, created using the Digital Competence Framework, is aiming to involve many different actors in developing a wider Austrian strategy on adult...

  • Links to EU and international policy in Austria

    The Sustainable Development Goals are at the core of many Austrian national political strategies concerning inclusive and quality education for all. Sustainability is the main theme within the nation-wide programme for adult education centres. Whi...

  • Challenges and recommendations in Austria

    Working on digitalisation and democratic education will continue to be the main challenge, and thus focus, for all stakeholders involved.

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General situation of adult education
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Funding situation of adult education
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Participation in adult education

% of persons aged 25-64
14.6% participation rate last 4 weeks (European Labour Survey 2021)
59.9% participation rate last 12 months (European Adult Education Survey 2016)