The Division for Lifelong Learning (DLL) is an institute of UWC, which works with and across faculties in the interests of the development of the university as an excellent lifelong learning institution, promoting a learning culture both on campus and beyond. DLL works closely with the UWC Executive and Senate Lifelong Learning Committee (SLLC) which has adopted the following working definition of lifelong learning:
Lifelong learning is a philosophy and an approach, which encourages and enables students to continue to learn through provision of flexible, convenient, relevant learning opportunities and curricula, which promote lifelong learning qualities. In order to be `relevant` continuous engagement is required with schools, workplaces, governing authorities and communities both locally and further afield.
The DLL was formally constituted in late 1999 and initial priorities were identified as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Continuing Education, Part-time Studies, and Workplace Learning. It has administrative, service, academic and advocacy functions. The DLL is guided by the imperatives in the Institutional Operating Plan. In line with this, in 2006 the following was agreed as the strategic imperatives in the medium term:
(i) successful completion by a diversity of adult learners
(ii) access (through alternative or conventional means) by adult learners in sufficient numbers
(iii) research into lifelong learning
(iv) sustainable lifelong learning institutional cultures and practices at UWC