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Medieval and Modern Universities Sean Rundle Medieval and Modern Universities are institutions of higher education Universities were originally established as a way to foster a new generation of leaders and still today hundreds of years later universities are still based on the same basic purposes as they were in medieval Europe Although universities of each era are a little different in disciplines or classes and research purposes they have the same purpose and goals to foster a new generation of leaders and produce a well-rounded educated citizen The subject areas that are covered now are different from those of medieval universities but the main purpose and goal remains the same Medieval colleges had such classes as rhetoric astronomy geometry and theology Modern universities focused more on science engineering math history and social sciences These may seem like totally different subject areas but they still teach the same basic learning skills in order to produce a well-rounded citizen and foster the growth of new leaders The UCSD Catalog states Revelle College stresses the broad character of general education A structured liberal arts curriculum establishes a strong education foundation for any major This curriculum develops three main skills which are essential for a well rounded education learning to use the language of scholarship and science learning how to think creatively and learning how to learnUCSD General Catalog 2000 pg 15 This mission statement shows that the purpose of our modern university is not to just learn information but to learn how to use the language of scholarship learn how to think and learn how to learn The same principles applied to medieval universities as well The purpose was to make a better person out of yourself People flocked to Paris in the twelfth century to hear the lectures of teachers such as Anselm of Laon Peter Abelard and Alan of Lille Students went to the lectures because they wanted to
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