In the news today, from one of the world’s truly great universities:

“The Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten, said: ‘Through the generosity of Mica Ertegun, the best Humanities graduate students in the world will have the opportunity, in perpetuity, to undertake high-quality research, to interact with other fine minds, and to increase the sum of human knowledge and understanding. This kind of support for postgraduates is vital for the future of research and human understanding, and vital for the future of great universities like Oxford. It allows us to ensure that the very best minds are supporting the University’s research endeavour now and will be the cutting edge researchers of the future.’

‘For Ahmet and for me, one of the great joys of life has been the study of history, music, languages, literature, art and archaeology,’ Mrs Ertegun said.

‘In these times, when there is so much strife in the world, I believe it is tremendously important to support those things that endure across time, that bind people together from every culture, and that enrich the capacity of human beings to understand one another and make the world a more humane place. . . . My dream is that, one day, Ertegun Scholars will be leaders in every field – as historians and philosophers, as archaeologists and literary scholars, as writers and composers, as statesmen and theologians.'”

See the full announcement at http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2012/122902.html.

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