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National Silver Academy

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About the National Silver Academy

The National Silver Academy (NSA) is a network of post-secondary education institutions (PSEIs) (i.e. universities, polytechnics, art institutions, and ITE) and voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) that offer learning opportunities for seniors. Beginning June 2016, seniors aged 50 and above can look forward to attending:

These courses are in areas which are more life-skills rather than work-skills oriented. These will be beyond the range of part-time courses currently provided by the PSEIs for purposes of work and upgrading. Eligible seniors aged 50 above will receive a subsidy of up to 50% off the course fee.

These modules are drawn from existing full-qualification programmes offered by the universities, polytechnics and ITE for a token fee. Seniors may attend these modules alongside regular students who are taking these modules for credit i.e. to earn a certificate like a degree or diploma, but while the regular students need to sit for the exams, seniors do not.

These are programmes such as the intergenerational learning programme which pairs students with seniors to learn about selected topics. Other programmes include short talks offered by our PSEIs and VWOs targeted at seniors.


About C3A

The Council for Third Age, C3A, set up in May 2007, is an agency which promotes active ageing in Singapore through public education, outreach and partnerships. As an umbrella body in the active ageing landscape, with its focus on senior learning and volunteerism, as well as positive ageing, C3A works with and through partners to help third agers age well.
Through various initiatives and platforms, third agers can self-discover and enhance their different dimensions of wellness in their journey of positive ageing. C3A aims to create a vibrant pro-age Singapore where seniors can participate as integral members of society.
For more details, please visit C3A website.