Volume 128, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0040-7518
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1163



At first sight the report of the commission on higher education of 1828 gives the impression of adopting the views of the Northern universities of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. However, when analysing the recommendations to the commission more carefully, we get another picture. The traditional division between North and South has to be replaced by a division between the commission, as an instrument of King and government, and the large academic community in both North and South. This consensus between North and South is discussed with regard to the main subjects of the debate: the number, place, and function of universities; the freedom of professors and students; the teaching programme and language used; and the material subsidies and administration of universities. The wide range of issues and the extent of the public debate provide a very topical sample of views on higher education.


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