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Originating in France in 1972, the University of the Third Age (U3A) is a world-wide organisation which has emerged more recently in Australia as a result of changing educational attitudes.
The University of the Third Age has also established smaller centres at Geeveston and the Tasman Peninsula.
While each U3A centre is a separate entity, they are all run along similar lines with consistent fee structures.
The U3A program varies depending on the availability of staff, with approximately 45 subjects being offered each term. Courses cover a range of topics: humanities, social sciences, sciences, languages, art and music. Tutors and administrators support the program on a volunteer basis. The program’s focus is on enjoyment and understanding, rather than academic achievement.