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Life-long learning increasingly important to further our society as a whole

By Thomas Trappenberg      

Education must be seen in this light, not as a burden to our society but as the essence of building our modern inclusive society. Countries like Germany, Sweden, and Finland have free tuition and have thriving modern economies, and there is no reason that Canada cannot be a leader in education  as well.

Werner Heisenberg, the brilliant German physicist who helped to develop quantum theory and became known for the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, was invited to contribute to research even before taking many classical physics courses, writes Thomas Trappenberg. Image courtesy of Commons Wikipedia

During my PhD studies, I was working mainly at a national research institute at which my university supervisor was cross-appointed. Even though the institute was 30 km away from the university, my supervisor insisted that I attended regular seminars at the university. I thought it would be more efficient if universities concentrated on teaching while all research was done at research institutes. Today. I understand how this division was a bad idea; I understand how important research is for teaching, and how important teaching is for research. And most importantly I understand how crucial university and college teaching and research is for our society.

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