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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 17, No. 1. March 4, 1953

University Needs

University Needs

These are the purposes as seen by university people and they are the purposes generally desired by the community when it votes funds for the maintenance of the universities. The public intention in university education is all important since the cost of running the establishments has become so high that fees and endowments are quite inadequate for their financing and the public purse has had to meet a large pare of the cost. In our university over 80 per cent of the money used in running the colleges is from Government sources so Government has a legitimate interest in its expenditure.

For its best working the university neews—

Freedom for the teacher to "teach the truth as it is disclosed by scholarship and research.

Freedom for the student to learn without interference.

Freedom of scholars to seek the truth by research and methods of free enquiry. The people need to be taken into the confidence of the university so that they can understand the reason for this freedom and supper it intelligently.

The people must also be free to criticise the university, its work and its efficiency. In the light of free two-way criticism and understanding the university should remain healthy and in good repute with its community. Its central purposes in scholarship cannot be pursued in a modern democracy if it goes into its ivory tower away from the understanding and sympathy of the people.

Apart from the public purposes the university itself in the body of teachers, students and administrators has a conscious purpose within itself to maintain the highest integrity in scholarship. All members of the university must be dedicated to higher learning so that with them the half-truth is the unforgivable sin.