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Universities Quarterly

Nature volume 158, page 699 (16 November 1946) | Download Citation



THE need foaa atfrnal wholly devoted to university education and fene vital problerns affecting university development has grown more urgent in recent years. Universities Quarterly, the first number of which has between published, is an attempt to meet this need primary purpose is to discuss—with complete freedom and from all angles what can best be done by the universities themselves, industry and the Government, to enable the universities to adapt their teaching, research, and, if need be, guiding philosophy, to meet the demands of a rapidly changing society. The journal is not, in consequence, intended solely-or even primarily-for members of university staffs. Rather is it the intention of the editorial board, of which Sir Ernest Simon is chairman, that many of the articles will be of interest also to those engaged in public life, the Civil Service, local government, and teaching work in secondary schools and technical colleges. Catholicity of appeal is, perhaps, the most notable feature of the first number. Bertrand Russell urges that most students should learn something of the fundamentals of philosophic thinking. Bonamy Dobree discusses knowledge for its own sake. Sir William Larke writes on industry and the universities. Sir Ernest Simon deals with the problems of expansion and development facing the universities as a result of the growing national demand for higher education. Other features include an article by Dr. O. C. Carmichael on “Higher Education in the United States”, a series of short contributions on “Why Compulsory Philology ?”, and book reviews. The last, which ought undoubtedly to have a major place in a journal of this type, is unfortunately the weakest feature in the first number. Universities Quarterly is published by Turnstile Press, Ltd., 10 Great Turnstile, London, W.C.I, and the price is 5s. per issue.

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