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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 12. September 19, 1945


There has reached New Zealand recently a critical, detailed, compressed document of 60 pages which should be studied by every Faculty member, by every graduate and undergraduate of the NZU.

This is the British Association for the Advancement of Science "Report of the Committee on Post-War University Education."

Despite the sponsorship of the report, it is confined neither to "British" Universities, nor to education in science. It deals with University education in general after the war, the rehabilitation of Universities destroyed in the war, and arises directly out of the Association's Conference on Science and the World, Order held three years ago, at which twenty nations were represented.

The terms of the committee's appointment were:—
1.To consider the general policy and methods of University education with a view to promoting international collaboration and the free exchange of ideas, and relating University education to the needs of the community.
2.To consider the replanning of teaching departments and curricula in accordance with modern conceptions of the inter-relation of different branches of knowledge, particularly those of Science and the Humanities.
3.To survey the position regarding teaching material, apparatus, books and staff in Universities which have been destroyed, disorganized, or closed as a result of war.

The personnel of the committee alone is guarantee of authority, including as it does Garnet, Weiss, Rene Cassin, Jaroslay Cisar. Le Gros Clark. Edgerton, Fleming, Priestley. Waddington. Zimmern, Julian Huxley, amongst others, together with representatives of Internal. Council of Students, ISS, Poland, Yugoslavia. Netherlands, Greece, Norway, Belgium, China, France, Czechoslovakia.