The Seniors University of China was officially launched on March 3. Minister of Education Huai Jinpeng attended the inauguration ceremony and delivered a speech. The event was moderated by Vice Minister Wu Yan.
According to Huai, the establishment of the Seniors University of China is a significant step in China’s efforts to address the challenges posed by an aging population and follows the direction of the 20th National Congress of the Community Party of China. According to the minister, the initiative will promote lifelong learning, improve the health and well-being of older individuals, and foster greater social engagement and inclusion for older members of Chinese society.
Huai urged all educational institutions to collaborate in support of the university’s mission to promote lifelong learning and to provide senior citizens with access to education, leisure, and opportunities for personal development, including the sharing of physical education infrastructure and cultural learning resources. The minister emphasized the importance of fostering partnerships with local communities and organizations in order to create a learning community with sufficient resources. In addition, he stated that the university will utilize modern information technology to provide an innovative and adaptable curriculum tailored to the needs of older learners.
Leaders from various entities, including the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee, the National Health Commission, the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Veterans Affairs, and the China Association for Science and Technology, attended the event. Leaders and staff representatives from the Open University of China also participated.