UQ joins Age-Friendly University Global Network

The University of Queensland has become the first university in the Southern Hemisphere to join the Age-Friendly University Global Network.

The international network of higher education institutions is dedicated to addressing the needs of older people and the challenges presented by the ageing population.

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the announcement demonstrates the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“I am proud UQ is leading the way as the first university in Australia, and the first university in the Southern Hemisphere to be accepted to the global network of age friendly universities,” Professor Terry said.

“One of our core values at UQ is to create a vibrant and inclusive environment where ideas flourish and people, regardless of background or age, are empowered and respected to achieve success.

“Our successful application validates how UQ integrates the needs of older people into our teaching, learning and research as well as our enhanced experience for older employees, students, alumni and guests.”

UQ’s commitment to ageing is reflected in the breadth of activities and interdisciplinary research including world-renowned ageing-related research, accessible and innovative coursework and UQ’s Healthy Ageing Initiative established to guide age friendly policies and practices.

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