At the “Museum of Christian History, Culture and Spirituality on the Lower Danube” in Galai, the ceremonial session was held at the end of the 2021/2022 school year for the fifth class of graduates of the “University of the Third Age” (U3A), working at the University of “Dunărea de Jos din Galați”.
U3A graduates, seniors between the ages of 55 and 85, can be said to have gone on vacation, but many of them have also taken the University of the Age of 3rd’s “Summer School – 2022” courses and will participate until September 15 in a series of Events and workshops dedicated to Christian traditions and spirituality in the region of Galati, Braila, Tulcea.
“Third Era University” is a unique project dedicated to adult students between the ages of 55 and 85 years
The “University of the Third Age” (“U3A”) project, launched in 2016 at the Universidade “Doñaria de Jos” in Galati, is a unique project of state universities in Romania, taken according to a model that works in the universities of Toulouse and Nantes of France .
In the press were also presented the cases of some Romanians who became students at an advanced age in order to satisfy the desire that they had missed in their youth to pursue the courses of a certain university specialization. There are new cases, but in Galati, a rigorous project is put into practice, with well-organized university programmes, where courses and seminars are given by 50-60 university professors and lecturers. The “Third Age University” provides the opportunity for those who attended the courses of a university in their youth to specialize in another field that they tended to approach.
“The model is inspired by the French style. We were inspired by our French colleagues, who were kind and gave us the technical know-how and the mystery of such a project, which is not at all simple. The dean of the Faculty of Legal, Social and Political Sciences, Professor Dr. Florin Theodore, said our challenge was to adapt it With the Roman model, with the peculiarities of Roman society.”
On admission, the requirement was set for future students between 55 and 85 years old. Each study group has 25-30 students. Annually, up to 120-150 advanced students enroll in the “Third Age University” courses, organized by the Department of Continuing Education and Technology Transfer of the University of the “Lower Danube” in Galai. This year’s promotion is lower, consisting of only 60 alumni.
The studies are organized into 10 units: “the correct”“Medicine, Art, Culture and Civilization, History, Philosophy and Theology, Physiotherapy, Economics, Geopolitics and International Relations, Psychology and Intergenerational Education, Nutrition and Food Science, Science, Engineering, Tourism, and English .
The fifth batch of “U3A” graduates at the time of the festive session
During the program, there was a temporary suspension due to the pandemic, but last fall the courses resumed and many seniors who had graduated in a major in previous courses signed up for another unit in the 2021-2022 school year.
The ceremonial study that marked the graduation ceremony took place, for the first time, in the “Museum of Christian History, Culture and Spirituality on the Lower Danube”, next to the Diocese of the Lower Danube. The Archbishop of the Lower Danube, HG Alkazian, was impressed by these great students, who continue to study and become supporters of the project, and some “U3A” courses are held in the halls of the Diocesan Museum.
At the opening of the ceremonial session, the initiator and coordinator of the “University of the Third Age” Prof. Dr. Florin Theodore gave an overview of the project begun over 6 years ago and thanked His Holiness Kazian for his support. Project and hosting courses within the Diocese Museum. The Archbishop of the Lower Danube blessed those present and spoke of the need to remain steadfast in faith in God and in ancestral traditions, as well as about natural cooperation and communication between generations and especially between young and old. He urged older students to do so. Implementation of the largest possible number of joint programs and activities with young people.
In the end, after watching a retrospective film, restorers from the Diocesan Museum introduced the necessary measures for the remedial preservation and restoration of the movable cultural property.
“Summer School” for senior students: “Traditions and customs of the Lower Danube and Dobrogia”
The festive session also marked the beginning of the “Summer School” – 2022 which will be attended by a large number of senior students until September. In past years, during the summer, study trips were organized in different regions of the country, but this year the project of the summer school came true, the theme of which is “Traditions and customs of the Lower Danube and Dobruja”.
The summer events, which will take place between June 17 and September 15 2022, are organized with the support of the University of “Dunărea de Jos” in Galați and in collaboration with the museum designer Dr. Brîndușa Ilie of the Museum of Brăila “Carol I”, Department of Ethnography and Cornelia Odagio of the Palio Christian Church of Niculițel , Tulcea County.
Two workshops have already been organized within the “Summer School”, “Photography as an Ethnographic Document” and “The Oldest Thing in the House” and several personal collections have been presented.