Survey left out important academic institutions

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 May, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 May, 1997, 12:00am

I was pleased to learn that your newspaper was going to publish a 100 universities special report on April 28.

Being a graduate of two Canadian universities and anticipating that I would send my daughters overseas to experience the adventure in a few years, I looked forward to reading the report.

It was with huge disappointment that I read the last page featuring Canadian universities.

Granted you had every right to extract your information from Maclean's magazine in the comprehensive ranking.

However, you blissfully neglected the heavyweights such as the University of Toronto that was voted the best major Canadian university in the past two years, and the McGill University which was accorded the best just before that.

Queens University, the University of British Columbia and the McMaster University, were the other three from the top five totally absent from your report, although an article written by a former University of British Columbia student appeared.

This would have been just like not mentioning Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, and MIT in your American section. Perhaps it would be better in future to take into consideration all three different rankings from Maclean's to really represent the top 100 universities in the English-speaking countries.

DANIEL FONG Kowloon I refer to the special report on April 28, about the top 100 universities and would like to correct a common error that you made.

In your poll, you list the seventh-ranked university as 'Dartmouth University'.

Dartmouth, however, remains a 'college' and not a 'university', and the proper name for Dartmouth is 'Dartmouth College'.

While one may believe that this difference in nomenclature is pure semantics, the alumni of this institution realise that by remaining a college, Dartmouth, unlike its Ivy League counterparts and other top educational institutions, continues to concentrate its educational focus on its undergraduates.

Dartmouth does have graduate programmes, including a highly-ranked business school, one of the first medical schools in the country, and a progressive engineering school, but throughout its 228-year existence, its undergraduates and a liberal arts education have been its raison d'etre.

That some people erroneously refer to Dartmouth as a university undermines this fact.

SUE-JOE SHIN Dartmouth graduate (Class of 1992) Queensway