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Senior Citizens University of Zurich UZH3 – Education, reflection and participation for generation 60+

Around 2,000 adults aged 60 and over take advantage of the diverse programme offered by the UZH3 Senior University, which ranges from lectures to online courses. Gerontopsychologist Burcu Demiray researches the positive effects of lifelong learning on cognitive functions.

Participants appreciate the motivated atmosphere and intellectual stimulation. UZH3 combines education with sporting activities. The coronavirus pandemic led to the introduction of the e-learning platform “OldSchool”. Although face-to-face participation is preferred, the platform is seen as a future opportunity to meet the needs of older people.

"The more a person learns and actively uses their brain, the less likely they are to lose cognitive functions."
Burcu Demiray

As part of the 2nd project call, “Revolutionising Education60+: Digital Lifelong Learning” is being funded, in which a new e-learning concept and a platform with age-appropriate content and learning experiences is being developed.