UNESCO define 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:
Cork City has a vibrant, inclusive, quality infrastructure of education from basic to higher education and is home to enthusiastic, involved and committed learning communities. Through the adoption by Cork City Council in 2014 of the Beijing Declaration on Learning Cities the city has committed itself developing best practice as a learning city.
Cork is one of only 12 cities worldwide have achieved this Award to date, one of just three in Europe and the only Irish city. The Award was presented at the Second International Conference on Learning Cities in Mexico in 2015.