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A joint meeting with The Canadian Club of Toronto. The situation with regard to universities. Many contrasts and comparisons made between Canadian and American universities. The problem of specialization in an institution of learning that is trying to be a centre of independent thought. The changing status of research at universities. Difficulties with programming. The futility of ad hoc instruction in an age of rapid change. Pressures that universities have to deal with. Sources of financial support for universities, and problems with them. The need to have a vision of the purpose of a university against which proposals pressed upon it may be tested. What should universities be doing? Universities as centres of independent thought about the most important and permanent concerns of the community. Surviving in a new world: the role of the university.