Ministry, UK council hold higher education forum
By Ann Yu, The China Post
October 17, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
"Knowledge certainly is power, but the greatest knowledge is to know that we always will go on learning new knowledge," said Michael Worton, vice provost of University College London.
Worton made the remarks while speaking to a body of high school students at a forum organized by the British Council Taipei and the Ministry of Education, yesterday.
The forum was hosted by Tom Wang (王文華), founder of Dream School, and attended by Ovid Tzeng (曾志朗), chancellor of the University System of Taiwan.
Focusing on the role of university education, Worton guided students beyond the prospects of higher education and discussed the duties of becoming a global citizen — a process during which each individual attains a global mindset and makes a difference to the world.
Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, Worton said, "Be the change that you want to see in the world.
"Anyone who wants some change, whether it be poverty, discrimination, harm, oppression, you need to do something about it," he explained.
Worton also added that education is a way to achieve one's goals as it brings new concepts to the human mind and teaches a person to strive forward when tough situations occur.
While the experts in attendance delved into the radical changes of this generation's learning experience, indicating the explosive amount of information through modern technology, they reminded students that embracing accurate knowledge is crucial to their pathway of learning.
"I learned to never trust the Internet," Worton said, after he shared his experience in research by using the Internet as a tool.
Tzeng, on the other hand, mentioned that the massive influx of information has paved the way for a new form of education. He also said that larger global issues will be thrust upon the next generation of leaders as they are challenged to solve problems pertaining to energy, food and water shortage.
Worton lauded the students for asking profound questions, encouraging them to never stop learning. "We must constantly think that education is important," he said, adding that "only the educated are truly free."