The Świętokrzyskie Cluster of Universities of the Third Age was launched at the Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology of the Jan Kochanowski University (UJK) in Kielce during the 1st Świętokrzyskie Congress of Universities of the Third Age.
In Kielce, the first University of the Third Age was established in 1985 at the then Higher School of Pedagogy. In the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, there are 17 such institutions with 1 800 seniors as students.
During the Congress in Kielce, discussions were held on spreading the idea of education of the elderly, promoting high standards of operation of Universities of the Third Age and strengthening cooperation with local authorities and universities.
The University of the Third Age is a great, proven recipe for longevity. It’s not just about learning, it’s also about integration, a sense of community, or the need to be useful. Everyone wants to be needed, wants to fulfil social roles, and the university offers such opportunities,” said Professor Elżbieta Trafiałek of the Institute for Social Security at the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences at UJK during the Congress.