Shelfy No.1

Building Bridges Under Fire

Thanks to the many of you who’ve been in contact since the QS rankings hit the newsstands – the question most often asked being ‘What does QS stand for?’ ‘Quite Something’ or perhaps ‘Quality Species’? Both suitable summations of our DSC results!

For those still trying to decode the mysterious ‘QS’, the actual meaning of the acronym is Quacquarelli Symonds – a global company that identifies excellence and diversity among 2000 of the world’s leading higher education institutions.

This week we’ll be expecting the 2014 results for OSI (Overall Student Satisfaction Index) and GTS (Good Teaching Scores) – the ballot boxes are being emptied, the votes counted, the territory redrawn…

During this commemorative period, I’ve been browsing a new history of the Canadian Forces in WW1 by the incorrigible J.L.Granatstein*. His assessment of Corps Commander Currie is insightful – like General Monash AIF, his written battle orders were only two pages long at most and were models of clarity. Higher Education can learn something from their conciseness.

Interestingly, Currie was also a real estate developer with a canny eye for mapping terrain. He had an unerring faith in the ability of engineers to build bridges under fire: is this another attitude that HE could perhaps be inspired by?

*J.L.Granatstein, The Greatest Victory: Canada’s one hundred days (OUP 2015).

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