Taiwan university hosts 'oldest class of freshmen'

08:22, April 06, 2010      

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Around 35 senior citizens got a chance to feel like freshmen when they participated in a two-day program at Nanhua University in Chiayi, Taiwan last Tuesday attending classes with other college students.

The program, in part organized by Kaohsiung-based F.G.S. Juridical Person Compassion Foundation, aimed to promote adult education and "life-long learning and study" among seniors in Taiwan.

"Each term we recruit 35 senior citizens aged over 60. There are no degree or residen-tial requirements, only that the candidates be in good health," said Hsiao Pi-liang, the executive chairman of the foundation.

The average age of those participating this term is 86, the oldest 91. However, all were full of energy and excited that they could study alongside college students in their early 20s, ac-cording to Hsiao.

After registering last Tuesday, the seniors attended classes, such as cultural relic preservation, environmental change, film appreciation and modern literature appreciation. At the end of the program, those participating received a course-completion certificate awarded by Chen Miao-sheng, the president of Nanhua University.

Source: Xinhua


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