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Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 3. 1969.

Other patterns of relationships

Other patterns of relationships

New Zealand universities show one pattern of student-staff-examination relationships. For many students their university is the only model of a university they know. There are other models.

In London University, and in many European universities, the only requirement of a student wishing to take one examination is evidence that he has passed the relevant previous exami nation within prescribed time limits. A London Degree taken externally may represent a student—examination relationship only. In other universities, there may in fact be real personal relationships between students and staff, but they are not formalised. On the other hand, in the residential British universities, staff-student personal relationships are formally organised, and are perhaps the most esteemed feature of undergraduate experience. New Zealand universities fall somewhere in between. Let us, for the [unclear: moment] not consider general merits and demerits, but ask a question: "Which student enjoys more personal freedom?"—Not, I think, the New Zealand student with attendance requirements, assignments— "Term".