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Overview-of-U3A-Network

The U3A Network of Hong Kong

Funded by the HK Electric Centenary Trust and administered by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), the U3A (University of 3rd Age) Network of Hong Kong was established in 2006 and covers 34 elderly centres to encourage local retirees to pursue lifelong learning and contribute to the community through volunteering.

Upholding the "learning for pleasure" principle, U3A has its own innovative learning model and is not bound by accreditation, assessment or any qualifications to be gained, but rather advocates interest-based and self-initiated learning. Classes are taught and run by elders for the elders.

U3A Learning Model

Self-initiating

Students with similar interests come together to learn.

Self-learning

Students regard themselves as both learners and teachers, sharing knowledge among themselves.

Self-teaching

Students plan, promote and conduct classes.

Seld-managing

Students take charge of the operation, finance, administration, and recruitment of students and teachers for U3A self-learning centres. 

According to a social impact assessment conducted by CSR Asia on the programme, 98% of U3A participants have achieved or maintained an active or extremely active level of social engagement after joining the Network. 75% of participants have become more confident in sharing views with others, boosting their confidence and self-esteem.

For more information about U3A, please read the below information.

The U3A Network of Hong Kong Website (HKCSS)

Press Releases

Smart Power Ambassadors Training Programme

HK Electric and HKCSS launched "Smart Power Ambassadors Training Programme" every two years since 2018, to educate elderly citizens on energy efficiency and help spread green messages in the community. Click here for programme details.     

Smart Power Ambassadors Training Programme

More about U3A       

  1. U3A Factsheet
  2. Caring for the Community - U3A
  3. Outstanding Third Age Citizens Award

Video (more >>)

Achievements of U3A (2021-22) Commercial Radio's programme "Elderly Empire"Achievements of U3A (2020-21) 

Achievements of U3A (2021-22) - "Aging Chill and Chic" (Chinese only)

Interviews of outstanding U3A students in
Commercial Radio's programme "Elderly Empire"

Achievements of U3A (2020-21) - "Embracing Change" (Chinese only)

Photo Gallery

U3A X Happy Green Smart Power Ambassadors Training Kick-off Ceremony

The third Smart Power Ambassadors Training Programme was kicked off in October 2022.

U3A GHKG Online Tour

Around 120 U3A students participated in Green Hong Kong Green Online Tour in March 2022.

HK Electric's Journey to Low-carbon Living" and "7 Brothers of Plastic Talk"

Around 40 U3A students participated in "HK Electric's Journey to Low-carbon Living" and "7 Brothers of Plastic" Talk in December 2021.

Over 50 U3A students visited Gerontech Cleaning and Maintenance Service Centre in August 2021.

Over 50 U3A students visited Gerontech Cleaning and Maintenance Service Centre in August 2021.

Smart Power Ambassador Training Programme 2020

Smart Power Ambassadors Training Programme went online to promote green messages among local retirees in November 2020.

Managing Director, Mr. Wan Chi-tin gave an opening speech at the annual U3A Completion Ceremony.

Managing Director, Mr. Wan Chi-tin gave an opening speech at the annual U3A Completion Ceremony.

Officiating guests celebrate the U3A 13th anniversary with more than 300 U3A students, families and friends. (2019)

Officiating guests celebrate the U3A 13th anniversary with more than 300 U3A students, families and friends. (2019)

U3A students demonstrate their sporty side and learning spirit to the officiating party who include Professor John Leong (back row L1), Mr. Wan Chi-tin (back row R1) and Chua Hoi-wai (front row R1).

U3A students demonstrate their sporty side and learning spirit to the officiating party who include Professor John Leong (back row L1), Mr. Wan Chi-tin (back row R1) and Chua Hoi-wai (front row R1).

Orientation Camp for U3A student leaders

Orientation Camp for U3A student leaders

Sharing session for U3A students

Sharing session for U3A students

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