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Why Universities take graduate students

by Michael Nielsen on September 27, 2003

John Wheeler probably wins the prize for pithiest summation (and one of the best): “The reason Universities have students is so they can teach the Professors” (quoting from memory)

Via Lance Fortnow, a thought-provoking speech by UCLA Professor Andrew Kahng on the role grad students can play in a University.

Of course, neither of these tells the whole story, by a long shot. But they’re both pretty worthwhile ideals.

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