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Welcome to the University of the Third Age in Malta

The second half of the twentieth century witnessed an unprecedented increase in educational institutions catering exclusively to the learning needs and interests of older adults. The University of the Third Age (U3A), founded in 1973, has emerged as one of the most successful institutions engaged in late-life learning. U3As constitute socio-cultural centres where older persons acquire new knowledge in an agreeable milieu and adequate learning processes. Their target audiences are people in the third age of life - that is, the life phase characterised by a relative disengagement from stressful occupational careers and demanding child-raising responsibilities.

The U3A in Malta launched in Valletta on 23 January 1993 under the auspices of the University of Malta. The range of learning programmes and quality of knowledge dissemination is both extensive and impressive, so that the Maltese U3A is now firmly established as a key pillar in Maltese national policies on lifelong learning and active ageing. The Maltese U3A is also characterised by a vibrant Association, whose Council is elected democratically every two years. The Association is responsible for organising and administering all cultural events and social interest groups, as well as publishing a quarterly Newsletter and biennial conference on third age learning. 


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