Last weekend, an opinion piece appeared in the NRC by Dutch philosopher Ad Verbrugge, entitled: ‘Dutch in higher education - not Globish’ (via Blendle, via NRC). In it, he made a plea for retaining Dutch as the main teaching language for higher education. This would appear to be going against the flow, since most universities - including UT - are headed toward the introduction of English as the teaching language for all majors, even at the bachelor level. I consider his standpoint more than creditable. And anyone involved in this discussion should pay attention to his arguments.
The ‘Maagdenhuis’ in Amsterdam has been occupied. Since late last month, a large group of students and faculty of the University of Amsterdam have been in protest. They have two main demands: (1) democratising university governance, ultimately as a means of (2) driving out the obsession with financial viability taking over in academia.
As a young person, it is easy to believe you live forever. Specially without any hardships. “Ignorance is bliss”, they say. But what if we were really immortal? What would change in your life? Your ambitions, your dreams, your fears. Does this mean that heaven is not real anymore? Or hell? And more practically: Will you be able to do your future job not just for 35 odd years but for eternity? Why study now, if you have forever?