Chapter 12: University of the Third Age
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A number of universities in Western Europe responded to the demand for lifelong learning in the years following 1970, and this development emerged quite a few years later in Hungary. Answering a community initiative, in 2012 ELTE opened educational opportunities to the growing populations of both older people and, especially, older alumni of the university. The chapter depicts the process of elaborating teaching programs in a participative way, including new older students in selecting the subjects and the topics of the courses. The participation of the new (older) students improved their relations and enriched their social experiences. The traditional student and faculty cohorts benefited from the co-operation as well. This chapter introduces the associated ongoing research on this important university–community innovation. The research on the program and its impact on participants is summarized and discussed.

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