UP: 700 back-to-school activities | M+, news from Mulhouse

The People’s University of the Rhine is back to school. No less than 700 activities will be offered in the 24 branches, located throughout Alsace, throughout the year. Overview of this 2022/2023 season, with some new features.

After the rain comes the good weather! In any case, this is what the Popular University of the Rhine, located rue des Franciscains, in Mulhouse, wants after two difficult years: “The year 2021 was almost white. But in recent months, activities have resumed well, people come back and ask for face-to-face. Our goal is to welcome an even larger audience,” says Sandra Filleule, director of the People’s University of the Rhine. By opting for a tighter schedule with 700 activities compared to 1,500 before the Covid, the UP has decided to change its strategy. For the director, “the main objective is to program activities that work. We sometimes canceled some of them, in previous years, because there were not enough people in class. So it was rather frustrating, for them, but also for us”. To do this, the team will be made up of 200 contributors, including 60 new ones: “The important thing is to renew ourselves, we have to offer new things to members. The facilitators will be, in a way, our ambassadors to attract as many people as possible,” adds Sandra Filleule.



For this new season, thePeople’s Rhine University will offer a wide and vast choice of activities in many fields. The essential language courses will obviously be part of this year. “Languages ​​are part of our identity, the courses are going well,” reveals Sandra Filleule. The new offerings such as Polish or Korean, which are already almost sold out, show “a real enthusiasm and a desire for discovery on the part of members”, continues Gaëlle Thenevin, communication and member relations officer. Other unstoppable features of the program are sports and well-being activities. The great classics will be offered such as fitness or Pilates. Yoga, the flagship activity, will be declined in several variants with dance yoga or even energy yoga. In terms of leisure activities, varied themes, manual creations, painting or even photography should make it possible to “satisfy the curiosity of members”, says Sandra Filleule.

Personal development

But this year, the UP is also counting on a good number of videoconferences on personal development. These videoconferences, which will take place on registration, every Tuesday evening from September 27, will allow many themes to be addressed throughout the year. “The programming of these totally remote courses is appreciated by our members who can follow it from home and who do not need to travel”, declares the director of the UP. Some conferences, less numerous, will still take place face-to-face. The People’s University of the Rhine, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2023, is counting on this new season to revive itself. “Registration has already started and we already have a lot of new members. On the other hand, we are always looking for volunteers to bring this place to life”, concludes Sabine, retired and volunteer at UP.

info: universitepopulaire.fr or 03 89 46 48 48.

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UP: 700 back-to-school activities | M+, news from Mulhouse

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