The First University of the Third Age
creation of the University of the Third Age of Toulouse was proposed in
February, 1973, to the Administrative Council of the Teaching and Research
Unit. This was made up of representatives of the professors, the students
and the administrative staff, with three external members with important
international responsibilities: the deputy Directors-General of the World
Health Organisation, the International Labour Organisation and UNESCO.
The aim was to investigate through experience and without any preconceived notions, what the University could do to improve the quality of life of the elderly, who would be more and more numerous in the future. This programme had a very unusual character. Nevertheless, it was adopted unanimously, although without any specific budgetary means, by the Council.
Four major objectives were retained:
The UTA programmes
have had a great deal of success around the world. This shows that they
correspond to a deeply felt need in a society, which for the first time
in the history of humanity, is an ageing society.