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Educational Equipment for the New Age

    Naturevolume 140pages8587 (1937) | Download Citation



    THE address on the university in civic training, which General Smuts delivered at his installation as Chancellor of the University of Cape Town on March 2, did not receive the attention it deserved outside South Africa. It dealt with a theme which has recurred in many speeches since it was stressed by Sir James Barrett and others at the celebrations of the centenary of the University of London last year, and at the Conference on Academic Freedom at Oxford in 1935. The function of the university, General Smuts insisted, is not merely to give its students a professional qualification ; it is to impart the ideals of citizenship and to fit its graduates spiritually into the world in which they had not merely to earn their living but also to play their part worthily. The university must teach the humanities—the things which furnish the student with the larger human equipment for life.

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