Jeevan Lohani (U3A Nepal), Akiko Tsukatani (U3A Japan), Tom Holloway (WorldU3A), Thomas Kuan (U3A Singapore),
Dianne Delchau (U3A Online Australia), Kathrine Fenton May (U3A Durban, South Africa), Dr Sajjan Singh (U3A India)

The Asia Pacific Alliance of
Universities of the Third Age


The Alliance is an informal group of country representatives, meeting weekly by teleconference. It is currently run by a 'steering group' of eleven members.

A description of our beginnings and style of governance can be found here...

A Memorandum of Understanding is available here...

The following aims for the Asia Pacific Alliance have been fully discussed and adopted.

Rhonda Weston is Chairman and Steering Group Convenor of the Asia Pacific Alliance, President of U3A in Toowoomba Inc. (1550 members) and immediate Past President of U3A Network Queensland Inc, and immediate Past Chair of U3A Alliance Australia.

She was the Chair of the organising committee responsible for the 6th APA International Conference held in Brisbane in May 2015.

Skype: rhonda.weston17

Worldwide promotion and publicity for the International Conference to be held in Osaka, Japan on October 11th/12th 2016.
Support for all emerging local and national U3A groups in the Asia Pacific Region
Encouragement of formation of rural U3A groups
Encouragement of fraternal visits by individual members and groups of members

Elsie Mutton is President of U3A Network Victoria Inc. Australia and Course Administrator of U3A Nunawading.

She also chaired the Organising Committee of the International Conference held in Melbourne in October 2013.

Skype: elsie.mutton

The Singapore 2011 conference took place on 8th and 9th of August 2011 . Day 2 pictures here.

The Melbourne 2013 conference took place on October 14th/15th at Melbourne Town Hall.

The Kathmandu 2014 conference took place on October 18th/19th 2014 at the Mirage Lords Inn, Battisputali Road, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Tom Holloway is Secretary-General of WorldU3A -- an international Internet and web service, based in Hyderabad, India.

He is the International Advisor for the Indian Society of U3As and also the Steering Group webmonger.

Skype: tomathollowaysorg

Our recent International Conference was held in Brisbane, courtesy of the U3A Queensland Network, and you can see pictures of that here >>>

Our next International Conference will be in OSAKA, Japan, in October 2016. For further details CLICK HERE >>>

Thomas Kuan is Secretary General, East Asia Forum for Adult Education (EAFAE), and was Conference Organiser for the 2011 Asia Pacific U3A Conference in Singapore.

Founder of the U 3rd Age in Singapore.

Skype: kuanthomas

Dianne Delchau is Chairman of WORLDU3A, the Internet online service, which runs online projects for U3As worldwide and former President of U3A Online, based in Brisbane Australia.

Skype: dianned47

All our Steering Group meetings take place online, using the UKs Open University FLASHmeeting site. Here is an example from 2013. Countries taking part were Australia (Brisbane and Melbourne), Singapore, India (Uttar Pradesh and Telangana) and South Africa.


Dr Yagya Raj Pant is Chairman of the Council of U3As in Nepal based in Kathmandu, and before retirement served as Chairman of Nepal's Center for Policy Research and Consultancy.

Skype: dyr_pant

Kathrine Fenton-May is immediate Past President
U3A Durban
South Africa

Skype: fentonia

Akiko Tsukatani MBE is Director General of Age Concern Japan, and President of U3A Osaka

Skype: t-akiko

Dr Sajjan Singh is the Past Chairman of the Indian Society of U3As. He formed India's first U3A at the Chinmaya Ashram in Rewa in 2005 and organised the first international conference at University of Chitrakoot in 2009.

Skype: drsajjansingh

Prof. Armoogum Parsuramen is Founder & President of U3A Mauritius. He was Minister of Education in the Mauritian government for thirteen years, then served as an expert in higher education at the World Bank for two years and director at UNESCO for 12 years and finally as secretary of the Board of UNESCO in Paris.


Tom Holloway
2nd January 2015