Presentation

“ASOCIACIÓN ESTATAL DE PROGRAMAS UNIVERSITARIOS PARA MAYORES" (Spanish National Association of University Programmes for Older Adults), acronym AEPUM. Association registered in the National Register of Associations: Group 1, Section 1, Number 171920. Ministry of Interior. C.I.F.: G38793493. Legal, registered address: Universidad de Alicante, Carretera de San Vicente del Raspeig, s/n Apdo. Correos 99 - 03080 – Alicante.

The Spanish National Association of University Programmes for Older Adults, is established by public and private universities, along with other legal entities that have among their aims university education for older adults, for an unlimited period as an association with university-oriented goals. It has recourse to the Organic Law 1/2002 of March 22nd regulator of the Association Right (BOE (Spanish Official State Gazette) of March 26th) (LODA) with full legal and operative capacity, being a non-profit organisation.  
 
The AEPUM has, according to its articles of association, as its main aim to promote university programmes for older adults, contributing this way to seniors’ educational and cultural development. In order to achieve this objective, the Association seeks to favour and develop the dialogue and communication among universities, public administrations and private entities, promoting culture and the search for solutions to satisfy educational needs. Furthermore it aims to act as an inter-university information and advice centre for programmes for older adults, adapting to the principles of autonomy, participation and relation with the surrounding.
To achieve its aims the Association intends to:
  1. Promote new educational and cultural strategies related to older adults.
  2. Secure the collaboration and presence of the Association in scientific, academic or cultural university activities.
  3. Establish ways of collaboration between the Federations and Associations of Senior Students and Universities.
  4. Convene conferences, national meetings, scientific seminars or other events.
  5. Organise international conferences, meetings and exchanges.
  6. Coordinate with public administrations studies and projects that are interesting for lifelong learning within the field of programmes for older adults and lifelong learning.
  7.  Collaborate with public administrations and private entities that have as their aim older adult education.
  8. Participate in European programmes with objectives that are similar to those of the Association.
  9. Obtain stable financing procedures for university studies for older adults and for lifelong learning.
  10. Implement actions aimed at promoting educational innovations in continuous and lifelong learning
  11. Implement actions designed to increase international collaboration, especially with those European and Latin American countries which have networks or universities offering university studies for older adults.
  12. Promote activities and networks aimed to favour intergenerational relationships.
  13. Stimulate the publication of scientific works, studies, monographs and doctoral thesis in the field of older adults.
  14. Promote the establishment of systems for grants and help.
  15. Boost and execute publications for their periodic (like the AEPUM bulletin and the Internet portal www.AEPUMayores.org ) or circumstantial edition (research and documents), concerning topics and matters related to the aims of the Association, as well as to collaborate in periodic publications and other dissemination channels which can contribute to a better reciprocal knowledge of University and Association.
  16. Attend activities which are not specifically mentioned, but implicit within the aims of the entity.
The Spanish Association is currently domiciled at the University of Alicante, which assumes the presidency for the 2010-2014 period and renew the presidency for the 2014 to 2018 period, and its sphere of action covers the whole national territory. Presently, the Association is formed by 44 universities, distributed in the following autonomous regions: Andalusia (8); Madrid (5); Castile and León (6); Catalonia (5); Cantabrian (1); Galicia (3); Canary Islands (2); Valencian Community (5); Murcia (2); La Rioja (1); Castile - La Mancha (1); Extremadura (1); Basque Country(1); Principality of Asturias-Oviedo (1); Balearic Islands (1); and the UNED (National University for Distance Learning).
 
Therefore, its action affects more than 50,000 students above 55 years of age who carry out educational activities in the associate centres. The data can be consulted at: http://www.aepumayores.org/es/programasUniv/index.php
 
In order to achieve the mentioned aims, the Association seeks to promote and develop dialogue and communication between universities, public administrations and the private sector, and has therefore considered it essential to create an institutional web page that can contribute to bring those collectives interested in lifelong learning closer together, providing transparent information and allowing effective collaboration between AEPUM members and honorary partners.
 
The availability of information on social development and educational policies as well as the access to it is becoming increasingly obvious and has a clear reflection on the Internet. The new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are becoming more and more important in the European Union, which is why we see this web page as a useful instrument that will help to spread the use of those new technologies among older adults. In this way, many barriers and inequalities will be removed and older adults will be able to assume an active role in this technological development process.
 
Therefore, from this web page, we encourage you to take part in our work initiatives, reflections, proposals and debates in the hope of receiving the visits and contributions of all those who work for the consolidation of lifelong learning within the framework of the European Higher Education Space.

 

 

Postal contact address:

Universidad de Alicante Universidad Permanente- Aulario III Carretera San Vicente del Raspeig , S/N 03690 – San Vicente del Raspeig Alicante (España)
Telf: +34 965 90 94 54 y +34 965 90 97 93
Fax +34 965 90 98 12
E-mail: aepum@ua.es