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          Edinboro University joins Age-Friendly University Global Network



          August 09, 2019

          Edinboro University joins Age-Friendly University Global Network

          Edinboro University has become Pennsylvania’s first member of the Age-Friendly University (AFU) Global Network, an international group of higher-education institutions committed to providing learning opportunities to students of all ages.

          The pioneering initiative focuses on 10 principles, which provide a framework for understanding the needs of older adults and evaluating age-friendly programs and policies, as well as identifying institutional gaps and opportunities for growth.

          “At Edinboro, we recognize the immeasurable value of intergenerational exchange and lifelong learning, and understand that an age-diverse campus contributes greatly to the intellectual and personal growth of all students,” said Dr. Guiyou Huang, president of Edinboro University. “Our campus is strong and vibrant because we treasure the contributions of all members of our community.”

          Launched in 2012 by Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Dublin City University (DCU) President Brian MacCraith, the network has since grown to include more than 150 universities in Europe, North America and Asia.

          As a member of the AFU network, Edinboro will team up with global partners to learn about emerging age-friendly efforts and promote lifelong learning through innovative teaching practices, research and community engagement initiatives.

          “We are delighted to welcome Edinboro University to the Age-Friendly Global Network,” said Trevor Holms, vice president of External Affairs and chairperson of the AFU Initiative. “Their breadth of expertise and opportunities to engage with older adult learners demonstrates the authentic commitment underpinning age-friendly principles and contributes to the global network dialogue on aging within the university sector.”

          Edinboro University offers individualized support to nontraditional students through the Office of Transfer and Adult Student Services. Adult students have access to priority scheduling, 24-hour online tutoring, flexible learning modalities – including online and evening classes – and representation from the Adult Learner Advisory Council, which aims to maintain a supportive academic environment for adult learners.

          Individuals over the age of 62 are permitted to audit courses (up to 30 semester hours) on campus at no cost. The tuition and fee waiver does not apply to courses taken for college credit.

          “In addition to nontraditional students, we welcome people of all ages onto our campus for a variety of social and educational events throughout the year,” Huang said. “By embracing the Age-Friendly principles, we’re furthering our commitment to engage older adults in all aspects of university life.”

          The 10 Age-Friendly University Principles

          1. To encourage the participation of older adults in all the core activities of the university, including educational and research programs.
          2. To promote personal and career development in the second half of life and to support those who wish to pursue second careers.
          3. To recognize the range of educational needs of older adults (from those who were early school-leavers through to those who wish to pursue master's or Ph.D. qualifications).
          4. To promote intergenerational learning to facilitate the reciprocal sharing of expertise between learners of all ages.
          5. To widen access to online educational opportunities for older adults to ensure a diversity of routes to participation.
          6. To ensure that the university's research agenda is informed by the needs of an aging society and to promote public discourse on how higher education can better respond to the varied interests and needs of older adults.
          7. To increase the understanding of students of the longevity dividend and the increasing complexity and richness that aging brings to our society.
          8. To enhance access for older adults to the university's range of health and wellness programs and its arts and cultural activities.
          9. To engage actively with the university's own retired community.
          10. To ensure regular dialogue with organizations representing the interests of the aging population.