Educating Leaders Among the Youth
In a recent lecture visit to the University of Macau, I heard some university officials talk proudly of their imminent move to a campus ten times their present one. As a university professor myself, my mouths watered when they told me that the Chinese Government will be building a whole new campus in a nearby island to help them expand their enrollment. More importantly, the move will help them carry out an ambitious program of replicating the centuries-old educational system of Cambridge and Oxfordin the U.K. where the future leaders of society receive a whole-person formation while living in what are known as residential colleges. In this system, the students live in residences where they are in close contact with tutors who become their mentors, friends, foster parents, and role models as they acquire both intellectual and moral virtues. It is in the residential colleges that a great deal of the intellectual and moral development of the individual student happens, outside the classroom. I listened intently to the enthusiastic description of their plans which has been refined as a result of a recent trip some of the officials made to universities in the U.K. and the United States.