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first thing that could be seen is that there still was a lot of discussion about where this Institute should put its focus on but also more basal things like in which city this Institute’s Headquarters should be centered. Of course the French wanted this rival of Massachusetts’ MIT to be centered near Paris, while others found it more reasonable to put it in the Strasbourg European Parliament building. The outcome of this discussion regarding where one should place the headquarters, which we know now, I found a bit odd: Budapest. Not really the center of Europe’s technology as far as I knew. Also I had my doubts about the statement he made regarding the attraction of the very best mind ideas and companies. Why should they choose for this, still needs be proven to be successful, EIT instead of one of the already existing top ranked universities such as MIT or California’s University of Technology (CalTech), which is currently ranked as the top university of the world by Thomson Reuters’ World University Ranking (WorldUniversityRankings, 2013). Although i do share the concerns around the loss of our pole position in knowledge that we once held, I don’t think the current way is the right way to reach these goals in increasing Europe’s position at providing higher education and their research capabilities. Professor Ian Leslie, the pro-vice chancellor for research at Cambridge University, said that that the European Commission should increase the existing budget of the European Research Council and therewith increase the quality of education and research of existing European universities, rather than pumping money in setting up a whole new body (Watt, 2006). It’s understandable that a pro-vice chancellor for research at the Cambridge University would say this, as he also represents his own and his university’s interests, I do think this is the better way for improving


refelection D on e toekomst ‘‘The MITvan of straffen Europe”

By Jurriaan By Jvan ob LW eemreize akeren

our position regarding higher education and research in Europe. Rather than spending a lot of money on a new institute of which we can’t be sure it will be a success, we should invest it in increasing the position of our existing top universities like Oxford and Cambridge, especially in these times of austerity and budget cuts.


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