Established in 1974, the Department of Adult and Community Education at Maynooth University in Ireland is at the forefront of the development in adult education practices, research and innovation. The Department plays a significant role as a major contributor to Adult Learning policy having influenced policy development in equality of access to education, professional development of the adult and community education in Ireland, advancement of lifelong learning, and recognition of prior learning. The Department is recognised as a leader in bringing higher education opportunities outside the confines of the campus and encouraging wider society participation through its outreach programmes.

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