Extension Studies at The University of Western Australia first began in 1913 and with The University Extension Lectures Program, later evolved into the Adult Education Board (AEB).
By 1948 short community courses ran during the year along with an annual Summer School where events in music, dance, performing arts, films, and visual arts were organised.
The flagship program, Summer School, was initially a residential school. Country people would come to Perth after harvest, pitching tents at Somerville and even sleeping on the roof of Hackett Hall.
While some things have changed, the spirit of what was started a century ago has not.
UWA Extension is now the largest provider of University adult and continuing education in Western Australia. Adult community courses are open to everyone and each year over 20,000 people enrol to learn new skills and make new friends.
Apart from our seasonal leisure and educational programs, we also offer online courses and continuing professional development programs as well as customised training.