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Ali YAZICI
 
Prof. Dr. Ali YAZICI is a full-time Professor and the Chairman of the Software Engineering Department at Atilim University, Ankara, Turkey. He received BS (1972), and MS (1974) degrees in Mathematics from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. He has completed his PhD dissertation (1983) at the Computer Science Department, Waterloo University, Canada.  His research interests include Symbolic Computing, Parallel Computing, Cloud Computing, Database Systems, and e-Topics. In the last 30 years he has been affiliated as a full-time academic staff with Middle East Technical University, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, and Atilim University (Turkey), Yarmouk University (Jordan), and Sultan Qaboos University, (Oman).  During his academic career, he acted as thesis supervisor of about 30 MS and PhD students.  He is the author/co-author of more than 100 articles, books and research reports in the field of Computing and Informatics. Among many others, he is involved in “Promoting Turkey’s LLL” EU project between 2010-2012 as a consultant and trainer. He is a founding member of Turkish Mathematics Foundation (1990- ), an associate member of Turkish Informatics Society (1985- ), and a founding member of Turkish Informatics Foundation (1990- ). 
 
Abstract: "Lifelong Learning (LLL): A Roadmap for the Developing Countries"
 
Lifelong Learning (LLL) is defined as all learning activities undertaken throughout life with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competences, within a personal, civic and social and/or employment-related perspective. This article aims at discussing the main issues in LLL, using the approach in the European Union countries. Challenges in Turkey’s recently completed European Union (EU) project “Promoting LLL in Turkey”, and the current situation in the Arab world in the same context are summarized. Based on these cases, a roadmap and a set of recommendations for LLL in developing countries are given.