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Translations Needed for the Collegiate Way Website

Are you a native speaker of a language not represented on the Collegiate Way website? Would you like to help spread the residential college idea to people around the world? We would be glad to have your help! The Collegiate Way website is primarily in English, but one-page introductions (about 400 words) have been prepared in French, German, Indonesian, Spanish, and Chinese. We would like to add one-page introductions in many more languages.

The text to be translated appears below, along with notes for the translator on special terminology. If you would like to prepare a translation, please contact Bob O’Hara ( before you begin to make sure we don’t have a translation into your language already being prepared.

Notes and Text to be Translated



The text to be translated appears below. Notes to the translator within the text are [BRACKETED LIKE THIS]. I will convert the translated text into a webpage that will be part of the website

Two special phrases are used in the text:

The special phrase "The Collegiate Way" is taken from a quotation about "a collegiate way of living" being best for students. "The collegiate way of living" refers to students living together in the university with each other and with their teachers as members of the same small community (a "residential college"); it is contrasted with students living by themselves in private homes or apartments, or living in large domitories where there are no faculty present and where there is little social support or sense of belonging.

The special phrase "residential college" is a term that refers to a particular type of administrative unit within a university; it doesn't just mean a college or university with a dormitory. The colleges of Oxford and Cambridge Universities are the original "residential colleges" of this kind -- they are small, permanent societies of students and teachers that collectively make up the university as a whole. Oxford and Cambridge Universities are each made up of more than 30 separate residential colleges (they are sometimes called "collegiate universities" or "federal universities" because they can be though of as federations of separate colleges). It is important to distinguish "residential college" from whatever words might be used to translate "dormitory" or "residence hall." A "residential college" in the sense used here is one small unit that is part of a whole university.

Phrases **delimited like this** in the text below will become hypertext links in the final webpage. If you could delimit the corresponding phrases in the translation it would be helpful.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Completed translations may be emailed to me as attachments (Microsoft Word format may be best). I may need a little assistance dealing with the conversion to the web, and so may have to email back and forth a few times. (I know how to create web pages easily, but working with non-Roman alphabets can be difficult.)

Thank you! ––Bob O'Hara (



[TITLE:] The Collegiate Way: Residential Colleges and the Renewal of University Life

[SHORT DESCRIPTION:] Improving higher education by dividing large universities into small residential colleges like those at Oxford and Cambridge.

[THIS QUOTATION IS WRITTEN IN STIFF ENGLISH PROSE FROM THE 1800s. IT MAY BE TRANSLATED FREELY RATHER THAN LITERALLY: ] "The benefits of a University education cannot be thought to consist merely in the acquirement of knowledge, but in the opportunities of society and of forming friends; in short, in the experience of life gained by it and the consequent improvement of character."

  ––Benjamin Jowett, Master of **Balliol College, Oxford University**

WELCOME to the Collegiate Way website. The Collegiate Way website promotes the renewal academic life through the establishment of small residential colleges within large universities. "Residential colleges" are small societies of students and faculty that are modeled on the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge Universities in Great Britain. Because of their small size, their intellectual diversity, and their social stability, residential colleges provide university students with the best possible educational environment.

Although long confined to Great Britain, the residential college model of organization has now spread to universities in Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and many other countries. In the United States, the first universities to adopt the residential college model were Harvard and Yale in the 1930s, and many others have since followed.

The English pages of the Collegiate Way website include:

(1) **An introductory page** with general information and **news about residential colleges**.

(2) **Four foundations** for the renewal of university life.

(3) Detailed recommendations on **how to establish residential colleges**, including recommendations for **college membership and administrative structure**, **buildings and grounds**, **student and faculty life** throughout the year, **pastoral care** of students, and college **academic life**.

(4) **Common objections** to the residential college model, with answers to each.

(5) **A vision for the future** of universities and residential colleges.

(6) **Recommended reading** on residential colleges.

(7) **A directory of residential colleges** at universities around the world.

(8) **A news blog** reporting worldwide developments in the residential college movement.

If you are a student you should consider attending a **university with a system of residential colleges**. If you are a university faculty member you should explore the Collegiate Way website to see what residential colleges can offer your institution.

To receive occasional announcements about the Collegiate Way website and about residential colleges you may **add your name to the Collegiate Way mailing list**. You may also **e-mail the address of this webpage to a friend**.


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