Never stop learning......

Greetings from the President

Welcome to the Tamborine Mountain U3A web site.

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is an international movement which has spread from France since 1973. The Cambridge model in the United Kingdom came about in 1981 and it changed the original university concept to one where members themselves are the teachers. This model was adopted in Australia in 1984 in Melbourne. U3A Brisbane was established in 1986 and Tamborine Mountain U3A commenced in July 2007 as part of the U3A Jimboomba group. In January 2008, the Tamborine Mountain group was officially incorporated and the first AGM was held in April 2008.

The objectives of U3A generally and those of the Tamborine Mountain U3A group are explained below.

U3A Tamborine Mountain is run by a small group of volunteers who are elected annually in May at the Annual General Meeting. The tasks are not onerous so please free to nominate for a position.

Our Friends are members who are willing to assist as needed without the commitment of being on the Committee.

U3A would not survive without members and, more importantly, members willing to present a course. A course could be an ongoing course conducted weekly, a course on a specific subject conducted over a few weeks or a lunch time presentation. Members with a desire to conduct a course are encouraged to contact the Course Facilitator.

As we enter the third part of our life it is important to be challenged, stimulated and engaged. Tamborine Mountain U3A is an organisation which aims to provide its members with these three values.

I hope to see you as a member.

Grahame Griffin

University of the 3rd Age (U3A)

A volunteer association for retirees and the mature aged.

U3A conducts courses and operates without reference to qualifications, examinations or awards.

Learn --- Enjoy mental stimulation

Teach --- Share your knowledge/skills

Socialise --- Make friends and relax

What does U3A stand for?

U3A is "University of the Third Age". The term "University" is used in the original sense of the word - of an association or community of teachers and scholars, united in the pursuit of knowledge.

"Third Age" refers to the life period of active retirement, which follows the first age of childhood and formal education and the second age of working life.

"The University shall consist of a body of persons who undertakes to learn and to help others to learn. Those who teach shall also learn and those who learn shall also teach".

Dr Peter Laslett, Co-founder of U3A Britain

Objectives of U3A Tamborine Mountain Inc

  1. To operate a learning association which requires no prior qualifications, no exams and no degrees are awarded.
  2. To provide programs of learning and social activities which offer stimulation and development to persons in the 3rd age of their lives.
  3. To create an environment which is conducive to the social interaction of members.
  4. To exchange ideas and resources with other U3A groups, both in Australia and overseas.
  5. To do all such things which support the attainment of the above objectives. 

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