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Some real challenges to all thinking Canadians, posed by Mr. James S. Duncan in his address to the Empire Club some four months ago, entitled "Education and the Cold War." A summary of what that speaker said. An examination of the idea of "the university" on which so much of our future, and perhaps our very survival, may depend. What a university is. Origins and history. Changes and developments. Certain basic characteristics of a university acquired very early on, and persisting to this day. Educational developments in the United States. The American university. The situation in Canada and how it has changed in much the same way as it has in the United States. The modern university. Higher education in Canada. The enormity of the problem which today is facing our universities. Details presented in the submission made by the Province of Ontario to the Royal Commission on Canada's Economic Prospects. Some statistics. The University of Toronto making some bold and imaginative plans for its own future. A concluding quote from the closing paragraph of the Annual Report for 1955-56 presented by Dr. Smith, President of the University of Toronto.