Education Abroad: They're Not Talking

Erasmus, who studied there from 1517 to 1521, would be hard put to understand all the pulling and hauling that is going on these days at his alma mater, the University of Louvain. In his day, the school's common language was Latin. Now the university is split into French-speaking and Flemish-speaking halves, and the division is so bitter that the two halves are not talk ing to each other.

The split, reflecting the national linguistic quarrels, goes back to the revolution of 1830, after which the area now called Belgium—half French (Wallonia),...

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