The Inverell branch of U3A was formed in March 2005, following several community meetings to gauge what the local interest would be. Our membership continues to grow each year, and we now have around 200 members enrolled in activities each year. Not bad for a country town!
The University of the Third Age (U3A) is an international organisation designed to provide educational opportunities for retired people, those who have essentially left the workforce.
Each U3A is planned by - and for - members who can best be described as wanting to be active in their retirement, the so-called "Third Age" of their lives.
The concept of U3A was developed in France in 1972, with older people being encouraged to participate in academic programmes at university. From that beginning, U3A's now embrace principles of self-help and self-determination, structuring programmes to meet the wishes of members, and drawing mainly on resources available within the membership.
U3A was introduced to Australia in 1984, and was modelled on the Cambridge version, set up in the United Kingdom in 1982, ten years after its inception. Since then, some 130 U3A campuses/branches have opened up across the country, providing lifelong learning to over 55,000 older Australians. It is now recognised as the fastest growing education organisation in the country.
No prior educational qualifications are required
No examinations are taken - No degrees or diplomas are awarded
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