Many problems have been created by a set of technological and socio-economical changes, known as globalisation. These changes shifted the entire landscape of human experience, encompassing work and education (Friedman, 2006). Further social and work exclusion are problems that seem to become educational barriers for many citizens (Plant, 2005). These exclusions paradoxically exist in socio-economic areas like European Union EU, where educational policies for European integration target a knowledge-shaped economy.
Background and Rationale
Personal and workplace crises influence negatively the state welfare and work-life balance (Berki & Cobb-Payton, 2005). These socio-economic problems are observed while the emergence of a global high-skills economy stresses the flexibility of work, de-standardization, and the communicative role of technology leading to the growing importance of knowledge as an economic resource. These needs have created the rise of knowledge work, workers, and growing higher education HE demands. Knowledge workers are under continuous pressure to learn something new (Pyöriä et al., 2005). The rise of the need for HE reflects not only a socio-economic demand; there is also an emphasis on a social and cultural transformation. In EU the educational quality challenges posed by the new HE curriculum of the Bologna Process (http://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/educ/bologna/bologna_en.html) are remarkable. The compulsory realisation of the new educational policies and practices in the context of the European HE create an impact on every European country.