Universities: Explosion in Britain

The world's most dramatic outburst of higher education is under way in neither the U.S. nor Russia but in staid old Britain, which is creating seven brand-new universities of the highest academic order. One of them has been running for two years; two more open this week; four others are set to go.

Their avowed ambition is to shake up nearly every hoary tradition of Britain's 23 other universities. "There has never been anything like this in Britain," gloats John S. Fulton, vice chancellor (president) at one of the seven, the University of...

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