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A New Era of Learning: ASU at the Helm of Age-Friendly University Global Network

Mirabella at ASU is a 20-story senior living facility at Mill Avenue and University Drive on the university’s Tempe campus.
Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU News

As one of the founding members of the Age-Friendly Global University Network, Arizona State University was a natural choice to take over the role of host institution following Dublin City University’s 10-year stint as the network’s lead.

“We felt that ASU was well positioned to take this on with things such as the Center for Innovation in Healthy and Resilient Aging, Mirabella and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, all making up part of this ecosystem that we already have here,” said Assistant Professor Aaron Guest, who is leading the Age-Friendly Global Network Secretariat at ASU.

DCU, Arizona State University, and the University of Strathclyde founded the initiative in 2012 which highlights the unique role higher education can play in responding to the opportunities associated with an aging demographic across societies around the world.

Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation Associate Dean and Center for Innovation in Healthy and Resilient Aging Director David Coon said this is an exciting opportunity for not only the center but also the university as a whole.


“Taking on this leadership role and expanding our involvement with Age-Friendly University is in line with our commitment to advancing education, research and service opportunities for learners of all ages,” he said.


To learn more about the global network and some of the resources available visit,

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