The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a worldwide movement aimed at encouraging older people to remain mentally, physically and socially active.

The term University is used in its original sense as ‘a community of people who come together to learn from each other’Third Age means the period of life following the First Age of childhood and the Second Age of working. For many it’s the time of achieving one’s maximum potential after the stresses of the Second Age are past. The benefits of U3A Perth membership are summed up by our motto:  “LEARN LAUGH LIVE”.

U3A began in Toulouse, France in 1972. Since then it spread worldwide, coming to Australia in 1984 and to Perth in 1986, when it was started by a group of retired University of WA staff. UWA continues to support U3A Perth by providing an office at the UWA Claremont campus.

Membership of U3A Perth is open to people aged over 50 years who reside in Perth and are usually retired from the workforce. U3A Perth has over 1,000 members who are members of 10 branches in the Perth metropolitan area. U3A Perth provides courses, seminars, lectures and social activities at venues close to the Perth CBD, and each branch conducts a program of courses, lectures, games and social activities venues around the Perth metropolitan area.  Members may participate in the activities of the other branches, depending on availability of places. U3A Perth also has a Choir and Film group open to any member.

U3A Perth is linked to other U3As in WA through U3A Network WA and to other U3As in Australia and the world through U3A Alliance Australia. U3A members who travel in WA, Australia and internationally can find U3A friends wherever they go.

Please explore the web site to find out more about U3A Perth and how you can benefit by joining the U3A Perth community of lifelong learners.

U3A Perth Life Member – Dr Maureen Smith