University for seniors to open in Moscow on 1 November

University for seniors to open in Moscow on 1 November
Senior citizens will be able to study foreign languages, learn how to use a computer or receive new job skills. Applications can be submitted starting from 16 October. 

The new educational project for senior citizens called “Silver University” starts in Moscow on 1 November. All pensioner-age Muscovites will be able to take part in it: men over 60 and women over 55. The Silver University will not only be a place to spend time, but also where they can receive new knowledge and skills, which will increase the quality of their lives.

For example, it will be possible to learn how to use a computer and mobile applications, study foreign languages and the basics of law and finance. It will likewise be possible to learn the profession of babysitting, doll manufacturing or urban landscaping. Applications can be submitted starting from 16 October at territorial social service centres.

“There are over 2.5 million senior citizens in Moscow, this is almost a quarter of the city’s adult population. Our goal is to extend their creative and professional longevity by organising cultural and educational leisure activities,” said Moscow Government Minister and Head of the Department of Labour and Social Protection Vladimir Petrosyan. “The Silver University will give seniors an opportunity to study subjects they didn’t have time to study before because they were dedicated to their young children and later in life mostly to their careers and families.”

Vladimir Petrosyan noted that this educational programme has been designed together with the Moscow City Pedagogic University. Specialists developed it based on surveys that were carried out among senior citizens at city territorial social service centres.

Lessons will take place both at their local territorial social service centres and on the campus of the Moscow City Pedagogic University. They are located in eight city administrative areas: Western, Southwestern, Central, Eastern, Northeastern, Northern, Northwestern and Zelenograd. There will be about 15-20 participants in each group. About 2,600 senior people are expected to complete courses at the university by the end of the year.

Senior-aged students will be able to apply to one of of five faculties: humanitarian, mass communications and informatics, culture and art, health and security or individual psychological support. Students of the humanitarian faculty will study the basics of spoken English or German, Moscow history and culture, as well as the specifics of volunteer work. This is where people can also learn the profession of urban landscaping.

Senior citizens studying mass communications and informatics will learn the structure of the information space, basic journalism and how to use modern devices. The faculty of culture and art will hold practical lessons on dancing and handcraft. This is where people can also learn how to make dolls.

Students studying in the health and security faculty can take the courses “Basic Financial and Legal Skills”, “Therapeutic Swimming” and “Food instead of Medicines.” Senior citizens studying psychology will learn conflict prevention and resolution as well as how to overcome psychological barriers in communication. This is where seniors can learn the profession of childcare.

Courses will last from 24 to 36 hours, up to 160 hour for obtaining professional skills. Lessons will last at least two hours twice a week. Besides theoretical and practical lessons, students will be able to attend training sessions and workshops organised by specialists in various areas. The University will also host festivals, thematic events as well as recreational activities.

After seniors reach the end of their studies, graduates will receive certificates that they have completed their educational courses. This is not a state diploma, however these documents still confirm that graduates have received specific skills and knowledge.

Where

Territorial social service centres and Social Security Administration branches

Branches of the Moscow City Pedagogic University

Area

Institution

Address

Name

Address

Eastern Administrative Area

Territorial social service centre “Veshnyaki”

6a Reutovskaya Street

Izmailovo college

 

Institute of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences

19 Izmailovsky Boulevard

 

1 Chechulina Street

Western Administrative Area

Territorial social service centre “Mozhaisky”

28 Rublyovskoye Shosse, Block 3

Dorogomilovo college

Arbat college

2 Poklonnaya Street

 

4 Pereulok Kamennaya Sloboda

Zelenograd Administrative Area

“Solnechny” branch of territorial social service centre “Zelenogradsky”

Building 826, Zelenograd

Institute of Pedagogics and Education Psychology, Zelenograd branch

building 1140 (building 3), Zelenograd

Northern Administrative Area

Territorial social service centre “Beskudnikovo”

 Territorial social service centre “Timiryazevsky”

31 Dubninskaya Street

10/12 Timiryazevskaya Street

Institute of Psychology, Sociology and Social Relations

Institute of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences

27 Petrovsko-Razumovsky Proyezd

29 Sheremetyevskaya Street

Northeastern Administrative Area

Territorial social service centre “Bibirevo”

3 1st Severnaya Liniya

Water Sports School

 

Medvedkovo college

Institute of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences

23 Kasatkina Street

 

3 Grekova Street, Bldg.1

 

29 Sheremetyevskaya Street

Northwestern Administrative Area

Territorial social service centre “Tushino”

5b Novoposelkovaya Street

Institute of Humanitarian Sciences and Management

Institute of Pedagogics and Education Psychology

21 Fabricius Street

16 Stolyarny Pereulok, Bldg. 1

Central Administrative Area

Territorial social service centre “Meshchansky”

Territorial social service centre “Tagansky”, branch in Khamovniki

6 Pereyaslavsky Pereulok

34 Timura Frunze Street, Bldg. 4

Start-PRO, Centre of Project Art, Institute of Continuous Educaiton

Institute of Pedagogics and Education Psychology

5 Protopopovsky Pereulok

 

8 Sadovaya-Samotyochnaya Street

Southeastern Administrative Area

Territorial social service centre “Maryino”

159 Lyublinskaya Street

Institute of Continuous Educaiton

Institute of Continuous Educaiton

4 2nd Tulsky Pereulok

16 Novokuznetskaya Street

 

 

 

Southwestern Administrative Area

 

 

Southern Administrative Area

Troitsk and Novomoskovsk Administrative Area

Territorial social service centre “Zyuzino”

9 Odesskaya Street, Block 1

 

 

Institute of Pedagogics and Education Psychology (Institute of Culture and Art)

Institute of Pedagogics and Education Psychology (Cheryomushki college)

21 Marii Ulyanovoy Street

 

 

 

 

 

14b Tsuryupy Street

Southern Administrative Area

 

 

 

Troitsk and Novomoskovsk Administrative Area

Territorial social service centre “Tsaritsynsky”

11 Vesyolaya Street

Institute of Continuous Educaiton

Pedagogical Institute of Physical Culture and Sport

Special Education and Complex Rehabilitation Institute

4, 2nd Tulsky Pereulok

32 Balaklavsky Prospekt. Block 4

 

8 Panfyorova Street, Block 2

The Silver University is a part of the Active Longevity project. Its main task is to create conditions for creative and professional development of senior citizens in order to increase their quality of life.

On 1 October Moscow marked International Senior Citizens Day. Over 1,300 festive events were organised at various venues, and Moscow’s social centres held open-doors day.

On 25 September a live phone-in with Head of the Department of Labour and Social Protection Vladimir Petrosyan took place, during which he answered 45 calls from residents. The Head of the Department can answer questions every month between 3 pm and 6 pm by phone: +7 (495) 623-10-20. On all other days it will be necessary to contact their call centre at +7 (495) 777-77-77.