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The Visit of Delegates From Italian Universities

Naturevolume 101pages293294 (1918) | Download Citation



IF the British Government in courteously inviting a delegation from the Italian universities to make a tour of England and Scotland in order to inspect the higher educational institutions of the United Kingdom had as its purpose to show to the Italians to what an extent the war had exercised an influence on national studies, and how far the students had participated in the work of military preparation and in the risks of the war, certainly that purpose was fully achieved. The Italian professors, welcomed in the historic university towns and in the other centres of knowledge with the utmost kindness, found the halls and colleges empty and transformed into barrack's for troops. It is precisely the same in Italy, where, except for the medical students, who have been sent back from the front in order to complete their studies, the schools have been practically closed. Among the. Italian professors and students the killed and wounded are numerous. It has always been a tradition oi the educated youth of Italy to lend its_ aid to national movements, and in the present war the first sign of the decision of Italy to intervene with those who are now our Allies was given by the university classes, either as active participators in the work of government or as members of the body of students.


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