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Cork UNESCO Learning City

UCC and Cork’s UNESCO Learning City


Cork was presented with a UNESCO Learning City Award in 2015, recognising progress made in developing Lifelong Learning for all, and in doing so enhancing the Inclusion, Prosperity and Sustainable Development of the city.’

UNESCO defines a Learning City as a city which effectively mobilizes its resources across all sectors to maximise the opportunities for lifelong learning for all its citizens.

A learning city has developed the following elements:

  • Inclusive learning from basic to higher education
  • learning in families and communities
  • learning for and in the workplace
  • modern learning technologies
  • quality and excellence in learning
  • a culture of learning throughout life


Steering Group

To lead the development of Cork as a Learning City the following partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Learning in 2015 and have formed a steering group:

Learning Cities Festival

In 2017, Cork hosted the international Learning Cities Festival, the outcome of which was the Cork “Call to Action“, which committed signatories to “ts dimensions, recognizing the links between all of its social, environmental and economic aspects in order to secure a sustainable future for all.”

For more information on the Learning Cities Programme, visit the full website at


Green Campus

University College Cork, College Road, Cork T12 YN60,