Free university celebrates first birthday

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[On the 10th May the Age newspaper shared MFU’s 1st birthday celebrations with its readers]

FREE university might sound like a relic of Australia’s past, but a group of keen scholars recently gathered to celebrate the first birthday of Melbourne Free University, a community project with an enthusiastic following.

The MFU was launched by three La Trobe University PhD students to create a community learning space. Gerhard Hoffstaedter, Aurelien Mondon and Jasmine-Kim Westendorf organised their first seminar last May and when about 40 people turned up, the MFU was born

The group drew inspiration from free universities in Europe and the United States.

Everything about the MFU is free, right down to the tea and biscuits, which students bring to share.