Education: In Flanders Fields...

The students of north Belgium's University of Ghent (enrollment 2,500) had no sooner heard the last words of the announcement than they began grumbling ominously. Their mild-mannered Rector Norbert Goormaghtigh was going to resign, and it was all because the Minister of Education in Brussels had appointed a local doctor named Joseph Van de Velde to the vacant chair of clinical surgery. The rector did not want him, nor did his. students. "Van de Velde can't even speak Flemish," was the students' cry. "This is Walloon interference again."

At Ghent, such matters are crucial....

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