ABOUT PORT MACQUARIE HASTINGS U3A
WHAT IS U3A ?
The University of the Third Age is a world-wide organisation in which retired people from all walks of life come together to learn from each other. Those who wish to do so provide courses and activities and the committee organises special events such as guest speakers and social celebrations. The title is not to be taken literally as there are no academic entry requirements, qualifications, assignments or awards. The use of the word ‘university’ comes from the medieval concept of a community of scholars who come together to learn from each other. The ‘third age’ is the age of retirement following the first age of childhood and adolescence and the second age of working and supporting families.
U3A is a community in which teachers learn and learners teach, in a friendly, social atmosphere.
Its purpose is to offer older people an opportunity to use their leisure time to learn and teach together, thus keeping their brains active. Today there are U3A groups in most cities and towns in Australia.
HOW MANY MEMBERS ARE THERE IN PORT MACQUARIE HASTINGS U3A ?
The average membership over the past 4 years has been between 800 and 900.
WHAT DO COURSES AND MEMBERSHIP COST ?
Membership is $40 for the year with a one-off joining fee of $5. Programs are costed at $2 a session, so an eight week program would be $16.
WHERE & WHEN ARE CLASSES HELD ?
PMHU3A has its own Centre at 2 Lochinvar Place, Port Macquarie. Groups also gather at venues in Laurieton. At the U3A Centre in Port there are multiple course rooms of various size and layout, which are equipped with computer systems, overhead projectors, whiteboards, tables and chairs. The Centre has two kitchens where members make their own tea or coffee and can heat food, such as lunch to share with friends and course colleagues in the shady central garden courtyard or in the dining area.
Our U3A runs annually over four terms of eight weeks. Terms are interspersed with four week breaks. Most programs are offered weekly for two hours a session; others are conducted at various intervals or over fewer than eight sessions. Enrolments can be done at the Centre or on-line.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?
There are no formal requirements, just the desire to learn something new. Membership is open to all people over fifty years of age and no longer working full time. There are no exams or awards.
WHAT COURSES ARE OFFERED?
The range of courses in U3A has no limits. For more information about current courses go to ‘Courses’ in the main menu.
WHAT DOES PORT MACQUARIE HASTINGS U3A OFFER?
A friendly and relaxed environment at a fully equipped, modern Centre with garden courtyard
The opportunity to convene courses or activities and to offer ideas for future programs
Participation in courses, activities and social occasions with like-minded peers