U3A (University* of the Third Age) was founded in France in 1972 to improve the quality of life for older people.
To keep healthy and active it is essential to exercise the mind as well as the body.
By sharing skills and knowledge, U3A not only develops academic activities; it also encourages social and recreational activities.
U3A came to Australia in 1985 and to Darwin in 1989. It has since spread rapidly through most Australian cities and regional centres. Palmerston and Alice Springs are recent groups here in the Northern Territory.
In Darwin, the U3A group have weekly lectures covering an enormous diversity of topics provided by the University, community leaders or their own members. They had their fifteenth birthday in 2005. By sharing skills and knowledge, U3A not only develops academic activities; it also encourages social and recreational activities.
Visit the U3A Darwin website for information about the groups activities, membership, Board and newsletters.
To find out more contact the secretary: PO Box 42451, Casuarina NT 0811
*University, in this sense, means a gathering of people. It is not a college building, but simply a group of people interested in following a common programme of activities. No educational or professional qualifications are required (and there are no exams).