Everyone in the team will be presenting their reflections on the Study Tour. But first here is a fitting prelude by David Law that reflects on the social role of HE...
last day of the Study Tour was spent at the University of Antwerp.
This was the day that Paris experienced the atrocities that are bound to
our willingness to promote cultural inclusiveness in European
universities. Ten days later the peace of Brussels is very much under
threat and the cities within its vicinity, including Antwerp and Ghent
(where the Davis Cup finals will be held), feel the
the University of Antwerp there is a compulsory module, World Views,
for all third undergraduate students taught by staff of the Centre Pieter Gillis. This
Centre is focussed on religious diversity and on the social position of
religion in society. It is named after
Gillis (1486-1533) an Antwerp humanist and friend of
Desiderius Erasmus and Thomas More. Unfortunately, because there was so
much to pack in to a half-day visit to the University, we did not have
the chance to meet colleagues from the Centre.
But we were told that all the Flemish universities make provision of
this kind (for the development of ethical and spiritual awareness of
Does any British university require all undergraduates to take such a course, especially at an advanced stage of their degree?