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New Director of UIL appointed
20 May 2011

Arne Carlsen from Denmark has been appointed as the new Director of UIL by the Director-General of UNESCO. Mr Carlsen, Director for International Affairs at the Danish School of Education at Aarhus University in Copenhagen, has a long-standing professional background in teaching and research and a leading role in several international initiatives in lifelong learning.

He is Executive Director of the International Alliance of Leading Education Institutes (IALEI), Programme Manager of the Erasmus Mundus European Masters Programme in Lifelong Learning Policy and Management, and Chair of the ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning, a network of Asian and European universities and researchers. Mr Carlsen has a long-standing affiliation to UIL, for example as a member of the Consultative Group for the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI). He will take up his post from 1 June 2011.

Mr Carlsen will succeed Adama Ouane from Mali, who completes a career of almost 30 years with UNESCO. Prior to becoming Director of the then UNESCO Institute for Education in 2000, he had worked at UIE as researcher between 1982 and 1995 and at UNESCO Headquarters from 1995 to 2000.

Welcoming Mr Carlsen at the recent UIL Governing Board meeting, Mr Ouane said, “With his long experience and devotion to lifelong learning, Arne Carlsen is in an excellent position to take forward UIL’s work to make lifelong learning a reality. I am glad to leave the Institute in his capable hands.”

Mr Carlsen said, “I am glad to have had an early opportunity of meeting the Institute’s staff and Governing Board. I am happy to take up this post. I look forward to the role of steering UIL in its essential mandate of seeking a higher profile for lifelong learning, which I passionately believe to be critical for the development of individuals and societies around the world.”