Dr Alexandra Ioannidou is a research associate and Head of the Programme ‚ÄúProgrammes and Participation‚ÄĚ at the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) in Bonn. She previously worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Tuebingen and the Open University of Cyprus and as an Advisor to the Greek Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning in Athens. Her research interests are comparative adult education, international education policy, lifelong learning, educational governance and linking qualifications with the labor market.