The American Graduate School: Is it an educational enterprise or a business enterprise?

Dr Manabu Watanabe (Dept. of Linguistics, University of Hawaii at Manoa East-West Center, Honolulu, USA)
*The husband of Mrs Tomoko Watanabe, English, Clare Hall.

Saturday, 25 April, 1998; 7:00-9:00pm

Seminar room, Darwin College

"How come those fella who went to America for a university degree ended up like that?" You might have wondered. Certainly, they tend to be "Americanized", and think and act as such. This talk is an attempt to give a thought to/beyond this often speculated question.
American higher education, especially at graduate level, has played a significant role in the modern world. Many student, American or foreign, have been educated through the American educational machinery towards the final degree in the fields of study. America has provided, say, an educational package to the international community. How have they, or what have they been, educated, however, remain opaque to those who are not in the community. These questions are of our interests.
This talk draws on the linguistics program at the University of Hawaii to illustrate its main points. Starting with the case study, I hope to get to a number of generalizations about the higher education in America. Also, I hope to discuss the nature of academic activities per se: Does university provide professional training or academic training?