The University of the Third Age and Active Ageing

European and Asian-Pacific Perspectives

  • Marvin Formosa

Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Background Context

  3. European Perspectives

  4. Asian-Pacific Perspectives

  5. Coda

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Marvin Formosa
      Pages 259-272
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 273-274

About this book


This comparative resource charts the interface between the University of the Third Age (U3A) movement and active ageing, and in doing so, offers a comprehensive and thorough understanding of what U3A means in different geographical and sociocultural contexts. After first providing introductory chapters to introduce the U3A movement and active ageing in global perspective and tracing the origins of U3As in France, the book sets off charting the international development of U3As in both European and Asian-Pacific contexts. Deliberately, the book moves away from the dominant Anglo-centric US- and UK-rooted analyses of U3As to account for different contexts, and thematises foreseeable issues, concerns, and predicaments that the global U3A movement faces while meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities presented by active ageing. The chapters’ comparative perspectives encompass:

  • Origins and development: The Francophone model of U3As
  • From social welfare to educational gerontology: U3As in China, Russia, and South Korea
  • U3As in Italy, Spain and Sweden: A dynamic, flexible, and accessible learning model
  • Late-life learning for social inclusion: U3As in Poland, Iceland, United Kingdom, and Malta
  • The U3A movement in Australia: From statewide networking to community engagement

The University of the Third Age and Active Ageing boasts welcome contributions to the scholarship on the different histories, structures, and challenges posed by national U3As. Readers from a variety of research interests including gerontology, geriatrics, active ageing, older adult learning, comparative education and educational technology will find this a necessary and valuable resource in better understanding a globalised U3A world.

This book contributes to the deep well of histories, experiences, structures, accomplishments and problems of national U3As. It emerges as a tapestry of extraordinary research that offers to guide the U3A movement as it soon enters its fiftieth year of existence."                                                                                                                          

  - Prof. Stephen Katz. Trent University


University of the Third Age older adults learning learning in later life in Europe an Asia active aging and education history of U3A adult education in Great Britain adult education in Malta adult education in Germany adult education in Russia adult education in China adult education in Sweden adult education in Spain adult education in Poland adult education in Taiwan adult education in South Korea adult education in Iran adult education in Thailand adult education in Malaysia adult education in Iceland U3A movemenet and policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Marvin Formosa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Gerontology and Dementia Studies, Faculty for Social WellbeingUniversity of MaltaMsidaMalta

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-21514-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-21515-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-5841
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-585X
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