Facts about the Jacobs Center

Mission | Founding and History | Members of the Scientific Board


It is the goal of the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development (JCLL) to contribute, through research, to creating the knowledge necessary to optimize current transformations. The center also aims to provide education and consulting that support these transformations. Against the background of this historic constellation, the JCLL pursues the general aim of better understanding individual and institutional conditions of productive adult development from a systemic perspective.

Founding and History

On October 22nd, 2003, the then- International University Bremen celebrated the opening of the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development with numerous guests from the areas of science, business and academia. The Center, funded by a donation from the philanthropic Jacobs Foundation,will dedicate its teaching, research and consulting to lifelong human development and education and to institutional transformation.

Prof. Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger joined the Center in 2003 as the Founding Dean. She previously held a professorship in Lifespan Development Psychology at the Dresden University of Technology. She serves as Vice President of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and as President of the German Psychological Society DGPS.

The starting point for the work of the Jacobs Center
is the fundamental social change of the industrialized world, whose effects have been especially felt in recent decades: more and more people are reaching old and very old age while birth rates are declining. Knowledge has an ever-shorter half-life and is under the permanent threat of becoming outdated. Globalization is constantly increasing. As a consequence, strategies to manage the problems that arise from these changes, patterns of working, learning, and living will all have to change as well. This implies a necessity to change for social institutions and businesses as well as for every individual. The goal of the Jacobs Center is to contribute to optimizing the necessary transformation processes

Members of the Scientific Board

Prof. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger
Director of the Center for Lifespan Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Berlin, Germany

Prof. Ruth Kanfer, PhD
Professor of Psychology,
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.

Prof. Nan Dirk de Graaf, PhD
Official Fellow and Professor of Sociology,
Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK.

Prof. Lars Nyberg, PhD
Director of Umeå Centre for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI) and
the Nordic Centre of Excellence in Cognitive Control,
Professor of Neuroscience at the Departments of Radiation Sciences and Integrative Medical Biology,
Umeå University , Sweden.

Prof. Dr. Dres. h. c. Arnold Picot (Chair)
Director, Institute for Information, Organization and Management, Ludwig-Maximilians-University
München, Germany