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Salient: Victoria University Students' Newspaper. Vol. 24, No. 8. 1961.

Higher Education

Higher Education

In Madrid I visited the university. Despite its being in the very heart of the city, the university is a campus-style institution. Courses taught include Law, Politics and Economics, Philosophy, Literature, Science, Fine Arts, Architecture, Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Surgery, Agriculture, and Naval Engineering. Most of the buildings are very modern. The three-storied philosophy and literature block was opened in 1943 and the three-storied law block in 1956. Both are dedicated to Generalissimo Franco.

In the philosophy and literature block I had a cup of coffee in the cafeteria. This is really excellent and appears to provide far better service than New Zealand student cafeterias. Not that that would be very difficult. I also had a peep at the library. This is very comfortable and spacious but appears to lack a wide selection of reading matter. No doubt this was partly due to the government prohibition of all works expressing a view contrary to the official attitudes. Another point of interest is the large number of clergy attending lectures. Obviously the Catholic Church is insisting on a high standard of education for its clergy.