Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 8. May 31, 1939
A New University
A New University
On 2nd April Sweden had four universities: next day there were five. A new "university" had sprung up overnight, and was working at full pressure at Undertaker, a little skiing village in the mountains of the north.
Among the two hundred members of the new "university" are students from twenty-five universities in the four Scandinavian countries, Holland. Switzerland, Bulgaria, England, Scotland, Canada and Australia. There are four lecturers and seven professors—H. Lindroth, Goteborg (Languages), E, Skard, Oslo (Classics), H. Gran, Oslo (Botany), J. Pedersen. Trondheim (Architecture), A. Bentzen, Copenhagen (Theology). H. Turn bull, St. Andrews (Mathematics), and E. Cunningham. Cambridge (Mathematics).
In the log houses where "lectures" are held, while outside the temperature is below zero, the Undertaker "University" is studying hard. There is only one subject—Education: But it is being studied from every possible aspect and in an entirely novel way The informal "lectures" are delivered in five languages for one thing. Then the walls of the "lecture theater" are decorated with the flags of the ten nations which are represented. In the afternoons professors and students together leave for the hills on skis. But that is not the most remarkable thing in the relations of these students with their professors. The really amazing thing is that absolute equality is combined with absolute frankness. At what other university could a student say to his professor: "If you professors will gel off your pedestals and out of your libraries we will gladly learn from you, both about work and about living."