University of the Third Age
The Institute of Lifelong Learning has been organizing senior education in the form of the University of the Third Age since 2003 when it opened the first year with the educational programme „Man and Nature at the Beginning of the Third Millennium“. Since then, more than 11,000 people have attended lectures at the University of the Third Age. This number demonstrates the ever-growing interest of older people in spending their time in a meaningful way, learning about new developments in the world of science and at the same time making new friends.
University of the Third Age (U3A) offers a basic three-year and a follow-up two-year study programme, which include lectures on the topics of the key disciplines of all parts of Mendel University in Brno, i.e. the Faculty of AgriSciences, the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, the Faculty of Business and Economics, the Faculty of Horticulture, the Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies and the Institute of Lifelong Learning. Theoretically oriented lectures are complemented by practical exercises and excursions.
Furthermore students can sign up for one-year courses, such as Garden and Health, Our Garden, Trees, Forest and Landscape, or Man and the World, which explore deeper the topics covered in the basic study.
The offer also includes the popular one-semester courses in foreign languages, flower arranging or photography. Newly offered are also online courses on topics such as Permaculture, Meat Production or Genetics and Health.
The University of the Third Age branches
The interest of seniors in actively enjoying life is not limited to the city of Brno and its surroundings but has also reached more distant areas. Gradually, U3A branches were established at those places, which currently include:
- Bruntál (at the Business Academy and the Secondary School of Agriculture in Bruntál),
- Lednice (at the Faculty of Horticulture of Mendel University in Brno),
- Kyjov (at the Klvaňa Grammar School and the Kyjov Secondary Medical School),
- Rožnov pod Radhoštěm (at the Secondary School of Agriculture and Science in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm),
- Vyškov (at the Grammar School and Secondary Vocational School of Health and Economics Vyškov).
The University of the Third Age Club
In 2005, the students of the University of the Third Age founded the U3A CLUB. It aims to connect active students and create conditions for them to realize their ideas and interests that are directly and indirectly related to their studies. In cooperation with the Institute of Lifelong Learning, the U3A Club organises educational, cognitive and cultural events, visits to exhibitions, seminars, tours and excursions.