The Age Friendly University was founded by Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland. Through the work of an interdisciplinary working team, 10 principles were established to identify the distinct contributions higher education institutions could make in addressing the needs of older adults.
10 Age Friendly Principles
1. To encourage the participation of older adults in all the care 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 those who wish to pursue Master's or PhD 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 ageing 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 ageing 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 ageing population.
AgeAlive is committed to helping MSU join the many universities across Europe, North America and South East Asia and achieve the Age Friendly University designation and believes MSU currently meets all ten principles. Download this document to see how MSU meets the Age Friendly University principles:
To learn more about the history of AgeAlive and its work at helping identify how MSU meets the Age Friendly University principles, you can download "Pursuing Age Friendly University principles at a major university: lessons in grassroots organizing" by Clare Luz and Roger Baldwin, both of whom are faculty at MSU and part of AgeAlive.
For more information on Age Friendly University, please visit https://www.dcu.ie/agefriendly/index.shtml#