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Is Oxford a mess? (2)

Further responses to John Kay's critique of Oxford, both for and against

By prospect   January 2001

John kay has missed the point. Oxford University is just that-a university. It happens to be one of the half-dozen or so great universities in this country, but that matters much less than the simple fact that its purposes are those of all universities worthy of the name: to pursue the truth and to teach the young. These purposes can be carried out only by skilled and dedicated professionals, with the autonomy which is crucial to professionalism. This means that the culture, values and internal governance systems of a university are bound to differ radically from those of a company…

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