General Information

 Event

4TH LATIN AMERICAN CONGRESS OF UNIVERSITIES FOR OLDER ADULTS
"Lifelong learning, active ageing and international cooperation in University Programmes for Older Adults"

Dates

June 27th to 30th 2011.

Place

Alicante, Paraninfo (Main Hall) of the University of Alicante and classrooms of the University campus.

Organisation

UIMP (Menéndez Pelayo International University) and AEPUM – Spanish National Association of University Programmes for Older Adults.

Objectives

  1. Deal with the evaluation of the present reality of the 21st century of University Programmes for Older Adults in Spain. This will be done from a diachronic analysis of the programmes for seniors in the decade of the 70s of the 20th century (Universities of the 3rd age) and till the end of the century with the consolidation of the offer of university programmes for older adults in the majority of Spanish universities. A synchronic analysis will be carried out through the results obtained in recent research works by the AEPUM on the current situation of the University Programmes for Older Adults in the Spanish context and its future challenges. 
  2. Develop a comparative analysis with Latin American programmes:
    • Provide a debate concerning the reach, objectives, structure, evaluation systems and institutionalization, among other defining aspects of the Universities for all Ages and Programmes for Older Adults that are offered at University level.
  3. Deal with the realities of Universities for Older Adults in the economic and sociocultural context of the 21st century: the value of the experience, the necessary intergenerationality and the no-exclusion of the senior by means of lifelong learning.
  4. Within the Latin American area, strengthen the Latin American Network of Educational University Experiences with Older Adults and the regulation framework for the cooperation with the AEPUM.
    • Promote the 5th Latin American Meeting on University Programmes for Older Adults which will take place in 2013.
 
Frame of reference

In 2002, after the reports of the Assembly of the United Nations on Ageing, the International Action Plan of Madrid asked for raising awareness within the economic, social and political world concerning the challenges put by the rising life expectancy. Beyond formal recommendations, the United Nations stressed the importance to include older adults within the continuous training plans, as well as within the processes of active social participation and decision processes.
 
The Universities for Older Adults have been working on the incorporation of older adults to an active citizenship and on the promotion of lifelong learning against the technological exclusion and for the sociocultural and working integration, the personal development and the prevention of dependence. The EHEA reform stresses new forms and recognition of higher education, in which this teaching is included in Spain.  
 
The national AEPUM network and another international FIMTE network, are situated in the target of the 4TH LATIN AMERICAN CONGRESS OF UNIVERSITIES FOR OLDER ADULTS, a congress which continues the trajectory of former meeting (background: First meeting “The University Programmes for Older Adults at the beginning of a century” held in Sevilla, Spain 2000; “1st Latin American Congress on Educational University Experiences for Older Adults”, held in Lima, Peru, in August 2005; “2nd Latin American Congress on Educational University Experiences for Older Adults”, held in  Paraná – Entre Ríos, Argentina 2007; and “3rd Latin American Congress”, which is the last one that was held in San José,  Costa Rica in August 2009).  
 
The 4th Latin American Congress on Educational University Experiences with Older Adults, proposed in Spain 2011 will be multicultural and interdisciplinary, with the incorporation of diverse perspectives of Universities, institutions responsible for educational, social and economic policies related to the topic, as well as researchers within the field of education, gerontology, sociology of ageing, and of other matters in the field of social science and humanities (law, economy, ethnology, philosophy, psychology,…) who can contribute with research works, results, and proposals regarding the issues that will be dealt with in the Congress.


Contents and topics
  • The Universities for Older Adults and Lifelong Learning: academic structure, administrative management, and institutionalization of the University Programmes for Older Adults.
  • Curricular approaches, methodology, and good practices for the development of competences and capacities of the students of the University Programmes for Older Adults.
  • Public policies in continuous training, as promotion for active citizenship, cultural and personal development, and the promotion of autonomy.
  • The impact of an active senior citizenship within the sociocultural changes and the economic scenery of the 21st century.
  • The value of experience within economic and technological fields of the present and future society.
  • The role of Universities for Older Adults within the progress towards an intergenerational society, open to all ages: Lifelong Learning and culture as a framework for intergenerational relations.

Who it is addressed to
  • Responsible teachers, researchers and managers of University Programmes for Older Adults.
  • Directors of administrative organisms and of the management of educational and social public administrations, as well as professionals of private entities interested in this issue.
  • Students of the University programmes for Older Adults and those of other studies interested in this educational experience.
  • Representatives of associations and organisations that have among their aims lifelong training.