Welcome to U3A Southern Peninsula
U3A Southern Peninsula is now online. Sign up to receive the latest information on courses and public events of special interest to semi-retired and retired people. Utilising the resources of the U3A network you will discover learning for pleasure. With a large number of members already registered throughout the Southern Peninsula you are bound to make new friends as you grow your own knowledge and skills. Visit the office or follow the Contact U3A SP link above.
U3A SP provides courses and activities to stimulate the mind (head), develop skills (hand) and exercise the body (heart).
University of the Third Age
The University of the Third Age (usually abbreviated to U3A) is an international organization, embodying the principles of life-long education and the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, in an atmosphere of mutual learning and teaching. Its aims are to provide educational and social opportunities in a friendly atmosphere for people over 50 who are retired or semi retired. Each local U3A is a learning community, organized by and for people who can best be described as being active in retirement - the so-called Third Age of their lives.
The term University is used in the original and medieval sense of an association or community of teachers and scholars, united in the pursuit of knowledge. Third Age refers to the life period of active retirement, which follows the first age of childhood and formal education and the second age of working life, and which precedes the fourth age of dependence.
The first U3A was formed in France in 1972. U3A came to Australia in 1982 and U3A Southern Peninsula was established in 1989. It is one of the largest in Australia.
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