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Private universities of all kinds outnumbering traditional and public ones?

Posted on September 23, 2010

Corporate universities have increased two folds in the last decade and number around 4,000 universities.

It is estimated that over 4 million people study in specialized universities financed and run by corporations. These “specialized” students will outnumber the well-established traditional universities very soon.

Corporate universities are no longer the exclusive domain of the first 500 corporate listed in “Fortune“, but it is becoming “urgent in the competition race in global economy” of “International school for administration development” in Lozano (Switzerland) says Mike Stanford 

Stanford goes on “It is not easy to switch from general knowledge to practical methods .” Hands-on learning is the motto for these corporate universities.

In developing States, corporate universities are supplementing the rare traditional universities in what the corporation need in specialization.  

Since over 40% of experienced engineers are going into retreat, it is urgent that new practiced engineers fill the void.  Apparently, only 25% of graduate engineers and 15% of accountants and financial analysts are ready to work for multinational corporations.

Most graduates are not initiated and trained to communicate efficiently among different cultures and working in teams.

Corporate universities are not offering diplomas yet, although they are affiliated with traditional universities.  The courses are tailor-made for specialized expertise and for short duration.

Basically, corporate courses are of applied sciences in nature, targeting strategic business expansion.

In 1961, McDonald started its own corporate university in Oak Brook (Illinois) in order to standardize cooking and preparation methods. General Electric, Siemens, and Motorola colleges are already world-wide features.

A sample of corporate universities demonstrates the reasons for heavily financing universities  with the latest technologies and facilities tailored-made to the benefits and interests of companies.

In Moscow, you have “Corporate Hydropower University” teaching managers of industries the latest technologies and specialization in turbines and power generators.

In Rio de Janeiro, “Pertobrass University”  offers engineers continuing education on ocean oil extraction in deep reserves 7,000 meters below the Atlantic Ocean. It is becoming the leading corporation for oil extraction in deep water (about 24% of all new ventures); it will need an additional 9,000 new engineers by 2015 (which traditional universities in Brazil cannot graduate).

Another example,  “Emphasis higher education center” in New Delhi has two landing spaces for helicopters, a geodesic dome, movie theaters, resembling to “Epcot center” and Disney; it is being expanded to accommodating over 15,000 students with private rooms and computers at a cost of $150 million. 

Chris Gobalakrishna, Director of “Emphasis”, says: “We are trying to bridge the schism between what traditional universities produce and what industry demand”

Many of these corporate universities are flexible in even locations. 

For example, the Russian “Oporombrom” sends teams of teachers to 20 factories manufacturing and assembling helicopters and airplanes for 3 days sessions.

Many publicly owned enterprises and private companies have vast pools of practically illiterate employees.  Thus, these corporate universities update the bright employees and steer them to becoming experts in restricted domains.

The interest of corporations and the social exigencies of governments will dictate the following trends:

First, traditional universities (led by public universities for shortages in allocated budget) will shorten the graduation schedules for undergraduate studies.  Humanities will mostly be eliminated and engineering courses reduced to the basic courses.

Second, the indoctrination of students to the capitalist system and its requirements will be shifted to secondary and high school years.

Third, “educated” people will be encouraged to join the working force earlier than currently planned in order to compensate for shortages in younger generations and the lengthening of “life expectancy” among the aging population.

Fourth, it is more profitable for corporations to lead new hired educated workers to specialized types of targeted expertise as competition demand.

Fifth, graduate studies will be restricted to the brightest and to rich families who can afford to maintaining the “nobility” hereditary status in the family.

Masterpieces In Literature? Part 1

Do you think that it make sense to categorize masterpieces? Like collecting data from viewers and readers and analyzing the data statistically?

What counts is that “You liked the book”, that it touched a nerve, a hidden passion, a desire, an uplifting sensation, that demonstrated to you that you are not all alone, and the author happened to know you and is a friend of yours…

Posted on April 10, 2013

“We judge a great man by his masterpieces: His faults are irrelevant” Voltaire.

Apparently, in the western civilization, it is the same French Voltaire who first coined the terms “Homme de letter” and “Chefs-d’oeuvre” in the 18th century.

The world knew plenty of masterpieces in literature before the advent of the western civilization. The ancient Greek specifically build a library so that the works of Homers be transcribed and made public. The Arabs used the term Tehfa for the grand works in literature.

Petrarque  wrote on April 13, 1350: “This is what I affirm: We show elegance and skill when we express in our proper terms“, meaning that a masterpiece should be written in the popular language of the country in order for the common people who can read to comprehend the manuscript.

Since then, Boccaccio and Dante followed suit and kept Latin at bay. And that’s how the Europe Renaissance took a giant step forward in achieving all kinds of masterpieces in literature, art, sculpture, painting…

A Masterpieces in literature creates its proper criterion, and it is the most audacious and unique expression of a personality.

The subject has a single utility: It is the yeast to rise the dough of its characteristic form. And the form is what defines a masterpiece and the author.

A masterpiece burst open taboo topics that normative cultures love to control. For example, same sex relationship, drag queen, taboo sickness of terminally ills…

A masterpiece in literature doesn’t serve the grand ideological trend or guideline of the period, such as the “Greatness of a nation”, “Progress”, “Technological breakthrough”, “globalization”, Capitalism, Communism, description of the Middle-Classes…

A masterpiece is meant to emancipate people from the common values, and thus, are fresh through the ages…

A masterpiece doesn’t talk about the future or the past: It is written by an author living his period and in his lifetime…

A masterpiece is not meant to describe any petty reality, or see meanness in life…

The avid reader has already read all kinds of minor literature and he is set to discover and mine the gold in the masses of dirt…

The present is shown in its eternity: the present extends the sensation of immortality.

Nothing ever originated from pure abstraction that does not exist. (Not yet?)

All origins are generated from the sensation, and the idea of immortality is born from the simple fact of existing.

What counts is not reason but the seriousness of the author, camouflaged under comical and easy going style. We all can differentiate between a genuine and a copycat manuscript.

What counts is that “You liked the book”, that it touched a nerve, a hidden passion, a desire, an uplifting sensation, that demonstrated to you that you are not all alone, and the author happened to know you and is a friend of yours…

What counts is that the words feel like they are playing in a trance, dancing, cavorting, making sense to you.

Since humor is a scares ingredient, who manages to make you laugh is an angel: Like in “Too much ado about nothing“, Decameron, Life is a dream (Calderon)…

There are sentences that don’t sound funny to you, but they generate hilarious moments to others. It takes some training to discover the funny and this flap peeking in the cloudy sky, an opening to let sunshine seep in.

It is possible and beautiful to live a masterpiece, like a love story: We become better people when we read a masterpiece.

Publilius Syrus wrote in the first century: “The beautiful thoughts may be forgotten but never vanish

There are people who are masterpieces in the way they live, at least in moments of their lives, and they are very discreet and fragile creatures.

Do you think that it make sense to categorize masterpieces? Like collecting data from viewers and readers and analyzing the data statistically?

Note: Inspired from the French book “A propos des Chefs-d’Oeuvre” by Charles Dantzig

How Roald Dahl reviewed Tony Clifton’s book in 1983?

In 1983, Dahl had reviewed Tony Clifton’s ‘God Cried’, a picture book that described the pain and suffering caused by the siege of West Beirut by the Israeli army incursion and occupation of Lebanon during the 1982 Lebanon War.

Published in the Literary Review, Dahl said that “a race of people”, meaning the Jews, had never “switched so rapidly from victims to barbarous murderers”, and that empathy for the Jewish people after the Holocaust had turned “into hatred and revulsion”.

America was “so utterly dominated by the great Jewish financial institutions that they dare not defy the Israelis”.

That same year, Dahl told the New Statesman:

“There is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity. Maybe it’s a kind of lack of generosity towards non-Jews. There’s always a reason why anti-anything crops up anywhere. Even a stinker like Hitler didn’t just pick on them for no reasons.”

A few months before his death, in 1990, in an interview given to The Independent, Dahl explained that his issues with Israel began after the Jewish state invaded Lebanon in 1982.

“They killed 22,000 civilians when they bombed Beirut. It was very much hushed up in the newspapers because they are primarily Jewish-owned. I’m certainly anti-Israeli and I’ve become anti-semitic,” he said.

The statements prompted the UK’s Royal Mint to drop a proposed Dahl coin in 2014 ahead of his centenary anniversary, as he was “associated with anti-semitism and not regarded as an author of the highest reputation”.  

How has the apology been received?

While the apology (of the puny family of Dahl) was received with appreciation by Jewish groups, they did note that the family had made it decades after the author’s death, and after they had signed “lucrative deals” with Hollywood.

Note: After entering Beirut and controlling most of Lebanon, Israel resumed its barbaric activities by committing genocide in the two Palestinian camps of Sabra and Shatila. 3,000 civilian Palestinians and Lebanese (children, babies, mothers and elderly people) living in the camps were slaughtered.

For 2 days and 3 nights, Israel allowed the murdering activities to keep its pace. Israel army even provided the bulldozers for excavating gigantic tomb in Lebanon sport stadium and dumped the dead body while covering them with clay (keless) to avoid the stench.

The camps had no weapons or Palestinian fighters since they were transferred from Beirut to Tunisia on French ships

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