Monday, December 1, 2014

THE QUALITIES OF AN IDEAL UNIVERSITY



The online etymology dictionary defines the word university as follows: c.1300, "institution of higher learning," also "body of persons constituting a university," from Anglo-French université, Old French universite "universality; academic community" (13c.), from Medieval Latin universitatem (nominative universitas), "the whole, aggregate," in Late Latin "corporation, society," from universus "whole, entire" (see universe). In the academic sense, a shortening of universitas magistrorum et scholarium "community of masters and scholars;" superseded studium as the word for this. The Latin word also is the source of Spanish universidad, German universität, Russian universitetŭ, etc. With this definition in mind, do your research and write an essay describing the qualities of an ideal university.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         “The structure of Oxford and Cambridge explained” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiOcUWO8X14
What does an ideal university look like? One example
·         “The university of Nevada and surrounding area” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8B1SCllP6I
Reading material to annotate:
·         “Functions and powers of the university” http://www.usc.edu.au/university/governance-and-executive/functions-and-powers-of-the-university

·         “Five elements that make up an ideal university” http://www.evolllution.com/opinions/elements-ideal-university/
·         “What would an ideal college look like? A  lot like this” http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/10/what-would-an-ideal-college-look-like-a-lot-like-this/280717/   
Reading material to annotate: the more challenging alternative
Videos
·         “Teaching and learning and the student experience”  http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/strategyconsultation/video/teaching/
·         “The student experience at Russell group universities” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNjaV7A9gnQ  

·         “The ideal university” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhof3N_0RwU

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