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Academic freedom down under

August 17, 2008

from Bryan Gould, former vice-chancellor, University of Waikato, “Fresh Threats To Academic Freedom“:

The great seminal idea that underpins the whole concept of human progress is that knowledge is unlimited, that the search for knowledge can be undertaken by anyone, and that it usually involves a voyage into uncharted waters.

If universities were to limit themselves to only those voyages that identified their destinations in advance, this would mean not only a significant constraint on academic freedom but would close the door on some of the most exciting and rewarding contributions that universities are able to make to the total well-being of our society.

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