It is not the task of the University to offer what society asks for, but to give what society needs. [The things society asks for are generally understood, and you don't need a University for that; the university has to offer what no one else can provide.]

-- Edsger W. Dijkstra, Answers to questions from students of Software Engineering,
EWD 1305, November 2000



PhD research students


It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known but to question it.

-- Jacob Bronowski.
The Ascent of Man, 1973


So far as the mere imparting of information is concerned, no university has had any justification for existence since the popularization of printing in the fifteenth century.

-- Alfred North Whitehead. The Aims of Education, 1929

project students