On 1 May, the Centre for Professors Emeriti and retired higher education teachers of the University of Maribor became the 66th member of the Age-Friendly University Global Network that brings together European age-friendly universities and operates at Dublin City University (DCU). This also offers the University of Maribor various opportunities for the cooperation of retired professors in the educational and research process after their retirement.
It is another step towards the goals set by the Centre for Professors Emeriti and retired higher education teachers at its establishment in the past year.
The Age-Friendly University Global Network (AFU) https://www.dcu.ie/agefriendly/index.shtml) has 47 members from the USA, Europe, Canada and Asia. Universities can meet the higher education needs of the increasing older generation. The ten AFU principles represent an adequate framework for the operation of age-friendly universities. It enables exchanging experience and with that identifying opportunities for all members.
Principles of the Age-Friendly University:
- Promoting cooperation of older adults in all core activities of the University, including educational and research programmes.
- Promoting personal and career development in the second half of life and supporting those who would like to make a “second career".
- Recognising the range of educational needs of older adults: from those who left school early to those who would like to obtain a Master's or Doctor's degree.
- Encouraging intergenerational learning to facilitate the reciprocal exchange of expert knowledge and experience among students of all ages.
- Widening access to online educational options for older adults to ensure diverse forms of cooperation.
- Ensuring that research programmes of the University will consider the needs of the ageing society and promote public knowledge on how higher education can better respond to various interests and needs of older adults.
- Increasing the understanding of students on the benefits of longevity as well as the growing complexity and richness ageing is bringing into our society.
- Improving the access of older people to University programmes on health and well-being as well as to activities pertaining to art and culture at the University.
- Ensuring active cooperation with University pensioners.
- Ensuring regular dialogue with organisations that represent the interests of the ageing population.
In the first few months from its establishment, 37 retired Professors of the University of Maribor have already joined the Centre for Professors Emeriti and retired higher education teachers of the University of Maribor with prof. dr. Peter Glavič as its Head. At the moment, preparations for applying to first EU Calls that enable funding of activities by retired Professors for their further work are well underway.
The Age-Friendly University Global Network web page: