AFU - age-friendly university
AFU, Age-Friendly University, is not just a university for older adults. Although the activities under the University of the Third Age belong to its portfolio, the scope of monitored and supported activities is much broader. The ‘10 principles’ concern education, research, personnel policy, and the social relevance of universities.
MU is a memeber of AFU since April 2021. AFU activities at MU are jointly coordinated by the Office for Development, University of the Third Age (U3V), and the working group of the Department of Sociology, the Centre for Research on Ageing (CERA). The aim is to build an interdisciplinary and intersectoral cooperation amongst the university and its faculties and local actors, the public and business spheres, and people living in Brno and the South Moravian Region.
10 Principles for an Age-Friendly University:
- To encourage the participation of older adults in all the core activities of the university, including educational and research programmes.
- To promote personal and career development in the second half of life and to support those who wish to pursue "second careers".
- To recognise the range of educational needs of older adults (from those who were early school-leavers through to those who wish to pursue Master's or PhD qualifications).
- To promote intergenerational learning to facilitate the reciprocal sharing of expertise between learners of all ages.
- To widen access to online educational opportunities for older adults to ensure a diversity of routes to participation.
- To ensure that the university's research agenda is informed by the needs of an ageing society and to promote public discourse on how higher education can better respond to the varied interests and needs of older adults.
- To increase the understanding of students of the longevity dividend and the increasing complexity and richness that ageing brings to our society.
- To enhance access for older adults to the university's range of health and wellness programmes and its arts and cultural activities.
- To engage actively with the university's own retired community.
- To ensure regular dialogue with organisations representing the interests of the ageing population.
Examples of Inspirational Practices at ‘Age-friendly MUNI’
- Volunteer Assistance to Older Adults in Community (Principles 5, 8 and 9)
A wide range of volunteer assistance is offered to older adults through the MU Volunteer Centre. This also includes help with digitisation and connection to the online space.
- University of the Third Age MUNI (not only) online (Principles 1, 6, 7, 8 and 10)
Traditionally, a number of older adults are involved in MU activities through the University of the Third Age. Its lectures were available online to students even during the time of COVID-19.