Janette Brown, executive director of the USC Emeriti Center, served as a keynote speaker for the International Conference of Elder Education and Intergenerational Learning in Taipei this month.
Hosted by the Department of Adult and Continuing Education at National Chung Cheng University, the speech focused on the utilization and re-education of retired faculty and staff at universities.
“The concept of emeriti centers is new in Taiwan,” Brown said. “I wanted to emphasize that retired faculty and staff can be valuable leaders and contributors in their universities and communities post-retirement. Professors in the audience told me they were impressed with the services and programs available to retired USC professors. They hoped that their university would establish a center.”
The international conference provided 600 Taiwanese government and education professionals with eight speakers from the United States and Japan who offered perspectives on lifelong and intergenerational learning programs.
As the volunteer executive director of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education, Brown also presented survey data illustrating what North American universities accomplish for their retired faculty and staff.
Brown also lectured on intergenerational learning at National Changhua University of Education.