Quality and uselessness

April 24, 1998

Your correspondent Bill Holdsworth ("Utrecht inspired by Oxbridge example", THES, April 3) wrote some kind words on the Universiteit Vrij van Nut, which organises courses for students of Utrecht University who aspire to become true academics. But his translation of our name as "University of Usefulness" must have puzzled readers, because "usefulness" often constitutes an obstacle to the development of academic thinking. Our name in English would be "University Liberated from Usefulness".

Frits Bienfait Universiteit Vrij van Nut

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