Agricultural Education in New Zealand

    Abstract

    AGRICULTURAL research in New Zealand has a staunch friend in the Governor-General, Lord Bledisloe, who, having a lifelong acquaintance with British agriculture, is peculiarly fitted to estimate the value to the farming community of such agencies as the New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and the Cawthron Institute. In a recent address to the students of Wellington College, New Zealand, on the new needs of education, he referred to the appointment of a former student, Theodore Rigg, to the directorship of the Institute, “an organization notable throughout the Empire for the thoroughness, accuracy, and economic value of its agricultural researches”. Touching on the question of the careers for which a college training offers a suitable preparation, he stressed the claims of the rural population of a Dominion in which farming is the greatest industry to leadership such as a college graduate might aspire to. He added point to jhis observations by revealing that it was considerations such as these whieh induced the Rhodes scholarship selection committee to select, for the first time in the history of the Trust, a young agricultural scientific worker for appointment to one of these scholarships.

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