ERIC Number: ED355618
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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The Best Laid Plans: Components of Quality Campus Environments in Europe.
A group of American university facility planners and architects paid a 2-week visit in September 1987 to eight universities in five countries in order to study and explore European campuses at first hand. A description of the tour illustrated by numerous color photographs of the universities visited is presented in this report. Both the visitors and their hosts in each country had attended a symposium, held the previous year at Ohio State University, on preserving a quality environment for learning, after which the Europeans had been taken by their American hosts on a tour of seven campuses in the United States. Hence the Europeans were uniquely qualified to reciprocate by organizing meaningful tours of their own campuses, many but not all of which have a far longer history than any in the United States. The Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, established in 1425, is the world's oldest existing Catholic university. Heidelberg University's recent 600th anniversary celebrates the stability of Germany's oldest university. Great Britain's oldest university, Oxford, was founded in the 13th century; an interesting fact for Americans is that a property in Oxford, England, is now the home of the Williams-in-Oxford program for Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In Sweden, featured universities are Uppsala University, founded in 1477, and the University of Stockholm, founded in 1878, with a new campus north of the city, called the Frescati campus, completed in 1971. The University of Copenhagen, Denmark, was inaugurated in 1479 but in a radical break from the past, students there now have enormous governing power. Among other new developments, the Panum Institute that houses the University of Copenhagen's Royal Dental College and its medical research and teaching facilities was completed in 1986. The Technical University of Denmark, founded 150 years ago, has been at its present site, an old airfield 10 miles north of Copenhagen, since 1973. An addendum to the report contains an overview of "The Ohio State University Plan for Improving the Quality of the Campus Environment," originally published in the report of the 1986 symposium at Ohio State University. (MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Office of Business and Administration.