When created in medieval times universities copied most of the structures that ruled that time. In some places they even evolved straight from monasteries. In other more secular places they rather copied rules of conduct from the royal court. Even today most of these structure are present and in perfect shape and use. Still the universities’ hierarchy is strong and tightly related to titles that say nothing about a persons abilities but deserve respect: doctor, university lecturer, faculty member, professor, dean, rector. Please compare with aristocratic title such as squire, prince, duke, king.
Besides titles university authorities share dress code and ornaments with aristocrats. It is so ridiculous, so misplaced in our modern societies that I can say I would feel more comfortable in a clown’s costume or executing Santa, really.
But apart from those mind-bogging, rather intimidating ceremonies what else universities have in stock. The answer falls short. Universities are meant to promote research, but to my knowledge all big discoveries and big inventions through the last two centuries or so have been made outside universities’ ivory towers.
- Edison – light bulb and other innovations
- Otto – combustion engine
- Diesel – diesel engine
- Benz – first automobile
- Wright brothers & Lilienthal – airplanes
- Gates – computer software
- Einstein – theory of relativity
- Wallace (& Darwin) – theory of evolution
The list is incomplete—I’m certain—but I cannot think of all examples. Even such expensive projects such as space programs run outside universities in Russia and the US. Well, and last but not least fauceir theory.
You may ask why we still need universities despite their obvious inefficiency and their clinging on to archaic customs. The answer is simple we need them for education and data storage. That’s the only thing universities are really good at, but we shouldn’t allow them to spoil our lives. They belong to ancient fauceirs and are outdated as the sharia and inquisition to name only a few medieval fauceirs.
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