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Issue number 208 (May 2018) from the WorldU3A Service and the U3A Global Forum

The Peoples Republic of China takes third age education seriously. It needs to; it has 200 million over the age of 50 and must find ways to keep them busy and, above all, healthy. The answer (see our banner above) is the China Association of Universities for the Aged (CAUA) -- it is 60,000 strong and more than 7 million people currently study in them. It is worth noting that there are now more than 804 million Mandarin speakers using the internet.

AIUTA - China
Les délégués des Universités du Trosième Age de toute la Chine avec les représentants de l’AIUTA ont participé au lancement du Centre de Recherche International du CAUA à l’Université du Trosième Age de Shanghai et adopté la Déclaration de Shangai sur la recherche dans les Universités du Trosième Age. Le Président du CAUA M. Zhang Xiaolin, avec le Président de l’AIUTA François Vellas et le Premier Vice Président de l’AIUTA M. LI sont intervenus pour souligner l’importance de la recherche pour les Universités du Trosième Age en Chine et dans le Monde particulièrement dans le domaine de l’éducation, de la santé, du sport, des arts et de tous les secteurs de la Silver Economie. Le Centre de Recherche du CAUA à l’Université du Trosième Age de Shangai organisera tous les deux ans avec la participation de l’AIUTA une Conférence Internationale sur la Recherche dans les Universités du Trosième Age. Le Porfesseur François Vellas, Patrick Demouy, Carlos Santos, Livio Zerbini et Maria Chester ont reçu la distinction de Membre visiteur associé du Centre de Reecherche du CAUA.

Delegates from all Chinese U3As and from AIUTA participated to the officilal ceremony to launch the new CAUA Research Center and adopted the Shanghai Declaration to promote research in U3As on april 11th. CAUA President Zhang Xiaolin, AIUTA President François Vellas and AIUTA First Vice President M.Li spoke on the importance of scientific research programme to feed the international cooperation between U3As in the fields of education, health, sports, arts and silver economy. Shangai U3As Research Center will organise every two years an international conference with AIUTA participation to develop research in U3As worlwide. Prof François Vellas, Carlos Santos, Patrick Demouy, Livio Zerbini and Maria Chester received the distinction of international visiting associate member to the CAUA Research Center.


The U3A Alliance Australia was formed in 2010 to foster co-operation and exchange of information between the Networks, and to advocate for the U3A movement at a national level where deemed appropriate and necessary.

The Chair and Secretariat of U3AAA rotates through its membership. The current Chair is Peter Alcock, President of the State Network in Western Australia. The members of the Alliance contribute to a quarterly bulletin which provides regular updates of news and information about U3A in their State or Territory, and other information of mutual interest.

U3A Online: Courses With A Leader
The Romans -- 4th Jun 2018 - 21st Sep 2018
British Society in the Early 18th Century -- 6th Jun 2018 - 2nd Sep 2018
Kings and Queens of England -- 6th Aug 2018 - 23rd Nov 2018
Climate Change -- 4th Jun 2018 - 28th Sep 2018

Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.

Their free course, from Yale University -- "The Science of Wellbeing" starts NOW.


The U3A English Club gave a certificate of thanks to their volunteer teacher, Ashar. The new teacher for spoken English is Tom Holloway of WorldU3A - connecting regularly with the club through ZOOM videoconference.

Those people who witnessed the transformation after the Soviet Union's collapse, will share and exchange their experiences, photographic research, collect their photos, so that we can organize photo exhibitions, collect stories, publish them and do podcasts for the online radio. The people who lived through the transformation have unique experiences because of that crisis.

As an adult, you may be educated by your neighbors or others. You can also teach yourself. Maybe this kind of education could be better than education in school.

There is a school where you share your knowledge. U3A AK Bundang 'Beautiful Life School' in Bundang is one of them. There are no additional fees here, and no lecture fee is paid to the lecturer. If you can donate your gifts to each other, you will not need a lot of money to live as you do now. View our facebook page here >>>

We are delighted to welcome Thomas Kuan of U3rdAge Singapore to our online projects as our Asia-Pacific Correspondent. Thomas is the founder of Singapore's U 3rd Age - and - and an active member of the U3A Asia Pacific Alliance and the monthly video-conference U3A Forum. He is also President of East Asia Federation for Adult Education (EAFAE; ).

From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, this exhibition will bring together more than 100 objects as a landscape of possibilities for the near future. Join us for one of our hugely popular evening talks with leading figures in the world of art and design or for our free lunchtime lectures which delve deeper into our galleries and collections. Learn more here >>>

ART GROUPS - Compton Verney
Eric Ravilious (1903 – 1942) is now recognised as one of the most important and popular British artists of the 20th century. This major new exhibition explores the influence of Ravilious and his circle and their remarkable impact on British art and design in the 1930s and 1940s.

Based on new research and telling a previously untold story, it chronicles the personal and professional relationships between Ravilious and artist-designers such as Paul Nash, John Nash, Enid Marx, Barnett Freedman, Eileen ‘Tirzah’ Garwood, Thomas Hennell, Douglas Percy Bliss, Peggy Angus, Helen Binyon, Diana Low, and one of his closest friends, Edward Bawden.

Ravilious & Co brings together nearly 500 paintings, prints, drawings, engravings, books, ceramics, wallpapers, and textiles – many rarely shown and previously unknown – and highlights key moments in the artists’ lives and work from first meetings at the Royal College of Art, to the evolution of their artistic practices into commercial and industrial design.


Internet World Stats is the premier website for international Internet usage statistics, e-commerce market research, inbound marketing news, travel stats, world population and world telecommunications information.

Here you will find current statistical Internet usage data and population figures for over 233 countries and world regions, consolidated from various periodic surveys and official country user records.

This huge amount of information is processed and then published in a unique and practical way, in the form of statistical tables and original graphics.


On the invitation from U3A Senior Citizens Council, Mauritius a 20 members delegation of Senior Citizens Council of Delhi led by its Secretary, Lakhi Ram Garg visited Mauritius from 5th April to 11th April, 2018. H.E.Mr.Jagdishwar Goburdhun, High Commissioner of Mauritius in India briefed delegates about Indo-Mauritius relations. The delegation members were received by their counterpart at Mauritius Airport on 05-04-2018 and on the same day Social Security Minister Hon'ble Mr. E. Sinatambou met the delegation members and hosted high tea in their honour. Courtesy Call Meeting was arranged at President House with H.E. Mr Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory, President of Republic of Mauritius. For further information see the April 'Elderly News' here >>>

The Third Age Trust rarely discusses politics or religion on the grounds that it often leads to dissension and threatens the 'sense of community' that U3A enjoys. The US Politico website publishes information and comment on world politics and so should be approached with caution, but it has one interesting and useful facility -- that all items are presented in podcast (sound broadcast) format as well as the text.

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