Lifelong Learning Conference 2019
in conjunction with World Speakers Series and ASCILITE

Learning: A Way of Life Singapore University of Social Sciences
6th December 2019


Lifelong Learning is more relevant in society than ever, as it is a powerful means of equipping people and nations for a VUCA world, that is, one that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Globally, communities are coming together to create opportunities for all to participate in lifelong learning and to benefit from learning that occurs across different contexts.

We have thus selected the theme Learning as a Way of Life for this year’s Lifelong Learning Conference. We hope that this will prompt us to focus on the idea of developing and enhancing Learning Communities, leveraging on their benefits and putting forward what we can do to encourage their formation. With urban spaces made up of dense networks of the built environment, and technology bringing together businesses, communities and people potentially offering rich social contexts for learning, how can we consciously facilitate learning amidst such spaces, to eventually become the Learning City we aspire to be?

Since the inaugural run in 2017, the Lifelong Learning Conference has sought to act as a forum for participants from the education, workforce development, community development and corporate training sectors to exchange ideas and case studies on Lifelong Learning. Through its continued collaboration with the World Speaker Series, the conference ensures that the discussion is not confined to a local context, but situated as part of an international Lifelong Learning movement.


Professor Patrick Werquin

Professor Dr Patrick Werquin

Professor, CNAM (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers)
French Tertiary Research and Adult Education Institution
Paris, France

Topic: Recognising All Prior Learning Outcomes: Do’s and Don’ts’

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Dr Josephine Fleming

Dr Josephine Fleming

Lecturer, Digital and Youth Culture
The University of Sydney

Topic: Learning in the Age of Digital Culture: Challenges and Opportunities

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Mr Raúl Valdés Cotera

Mr Raúl Valdés Cotera

Programme Manager of the UNESCO Global Network
of Learning Cities
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

Topic: Inclusion – A Principle for Lifelong Learning

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8:30 – 8:55


9:00 – 9:15

Welcome and Opening Address – Lifelong Learning: A Way of Life

Lifelong Learning Council (LLC) Chairman – Mr Tan Kay Yong

9:15 – 9:50

Keynote 1

9:50 – 10:25

Keynote 2

10:25 – 10:50

Coffee Break

10:50 – 12:00


Case Studies Session 1 (2 concurrent tracks with Track-based Q and A)

Ground-Up Learning Track –
Harnessing the power of community

Enterprise Learning Track –
Building Learning Communities

Topic: Building a Learning South West Community

Ms Margaret Heng
BBM, Council Member, SkillsFuture Advice Functional Committee, South West Community Development Council (SWCDC)

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Topic: Building a Learning Organisation

Ms Yap Aye Wee
Head of Learning and Organisation Development, OCBC

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Topic: Learning to Create a Sustainable Culture  with Like-Minded Individuals

Ms Koo Hui Ying
Council Member, Ground-Up Initiative

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Topic: SATS Journey in Building a Learning Culture

Ms Tai Siew Bee
Head, SATS Academy (Partnership), 
Human Capital, SATS Ltd

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Topic: PODEX – The Story of Growing and Sustaining a Ground-Up, Volunteer-Run, Peer-Learning Community

Mr Terence Quek
Co-Founder of PODEX

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Topic: Tales from the Field: SME Innovation, Learning, and Organisational Culture

Dr Arthur Chia
Senior Researcher, Institute for Adult Learning (Centre for Work & Learning)

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Topic: Bringing Learning Initiatives to the Community through the Power of Collaboration

Mr Hazriq Idrus
Founder, The Speaking Factory Pte Ltd

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12:00 – 13:20

Lunch Break

13:20 – 14:30



Case Studies Session 2 (2 concurrent tracks with Track-based Q and A)

Technology-Enabled Learning Track –
Reaching Out to Community

Inclusive Learning Track –
Community Learning for all

Topic: A Case Study of How Udemy Reaches Out to the Community in Singapore

Dr Michael Choy
Director, Dioworks Learning Pte Ltd in partnership with Udemy

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Topic: Bridging the Digital Divide for an Empowered Smart Nation

Ms Wong Shiow Pyng
Director, Digital Inclusion, Info-communications Media Development Authority

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Topic: The Missing Piece of Digital Transformation: Upskilling Tech Talent

Mr Jonathan O ‘Brien
Regional Admissions Director, General Assembly Singapore

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Topic: Champion Disability Inclusive Learning and Employment at your Workplace

Ms Winnie Lewis
Employer Consultancy, Employment & Employability, SGEnable

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Topic: Learn, Collaborate and Lead with Confidence in the Age of AI

Dr. Alexandros Papaspyridis
Tertiary Education Industry Director, Microsoft Asia

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Topic: Inclusive Learning: Connecting Students  to Learn In and with the Community

Ms Meirlin Gunawan
Deputy Head, Centre for Experiential Learning – Office of Service-Learning & Community Engagement, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

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14:35 – 15:10

Keynote 3

15:10 – 15:35

Coffee Break

15:35 – 16:10

Keynote 4

16:10 – 16:55

Panel Discussion – Community-based Lifelong Learning in Singapore: What Next?


Conference End


We are excited to announce that with strong support from SkillsFuture Singapore, registration for the Lifelong Learning Conference (LLC) 2019 will now be complimentary for all!

Note: If you have earlier registered and paid for the Lifelong Learning Conference (LLC) 2019, our Events team will be getting in touch with you soon to process a refund of your registration fees.

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Conference Venue: Performing Arts Theatre

Address: Singapore University of Social Sciences
463 Clementi Road, Singapore 599494

By Car: The campus is easily accessible via the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) towards Tuas. Exit at Exit 26A and turn left onto Clementi Road

Parking On Campus

Charges: Cars - $1.28 per hour (inclusive of GST), based on 30-minute block charging.
Motorcycles - Free

Operating Hours: 6.00 a.m. to 11.59 p.m. (daily including Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays).

By Bus: Bus number: 52, 61, 74, 75, 151, 154, 184.

By MRT: Nearest MRT stations: King Albert Park and Beauty World (Downtown Line 2); and Dover and Clementi (East-West Line).

Singapore University of Social Sciences Campus Map