Study snack won't last a lifetime 3

October 11, 2002

It is hard to reconcile your critique of semesters with your admiration for top US universities. No one has demeaned my Massachusetts Institute of Technology education because it was organised in 15-week modules. Could the real problem be, as Stirling University vice-chancellor Colin Bell hints, that some universities have grafted a semester structure onto traditional calendar dates and assessment practices, resulting in a series of uneasy compromises?

Joel Gladstone
Director, International Education Middlesex University

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