Thursday, August 8, 2013

In Education We Trust

The real value of a University is hard to overestimate. Its role in the social, political, economical and other spheres of life is tremendous and undisputable. Possibly, these kinds of thoughts forced the founders of Ohio University in Athens to launch a school just a year after the new state was born. At least everywhere in Athens, one can feel the atmosphere of thoughtful fostering of knowledge. For me it started with the red brick blocks that cover local streets and lanes.

I felt the presence of deep historic roots in these two words under my feet – despite the fact that for instance Ivan Franko National University of Lviv was founded in 1661. Some of the OU buildings remind me of fortresses.

Some are a good illustration for Hollywood movies about student life in the campus with all its brotherhoods.

But the spirit of knowledge superiority is everywhere.

And that is the main thing that unites us – despite the distance, cultural differences and historic heritage. Ivan Franko National University of Lviv motto is “Patriae decori civibus educandis” or “Educated citizensornament of the Motherland.”

Possibly it means that the founders of our nations and universities had the same vision on the foundations of the society and the individual development.

Yuriy Zaliznyak

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