A University for old people

1 June 2021
By Tom Collins

MTU Receives Age-Friendly University Designation

Munster Technological University (MTU) is the latest university to join the Age-Friendly University Global Network. Since the launch of the Ten Principles of an Age-Friendly University in 2012 by DCU, the initiative has grown into a global network of universities representing Europe, North America, South America, Australia, and South East Asia. MTU is the most recent university to join this network.


The concept of an Age-Friendly University has its genesis in the Age-friendly Cities Programme launched by the World Health Organization in 2010, with a focus on how higher education can contribute to cities becoming more age-friendly.

MTU has successfully demonstrated its ongoing work to encourage the participation of older adults in all the core activities of the university, including educational and research programmes. Speaking after the designation, Professor Margaret Linehan, Head of School of Humanities at MTU said “we are delighted to join this global network to provide an inclusive approach to healthy and active ageing through our research, teaching, and engagement across all generations. This designation will ensure that we will support our staff and students of all ages and support our local communities to embrace the opportunities of ageing in a positive and healthy way.”

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