Zombie vs Zombies: Tackling Two Dangerous Myths About Higher Education & Advanced Research

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Address by Professor David Naylor, President of the University of Toronto to the Empire Club of Canada, Mar 7, 2013

Earlier this week, the University of Toronto made a wonderful decision in naming Meric Gertler as my successor as President. As my term winds down, I have to say that it has been an extraordinary privilege to serve the University of Toronto community.

At the same time, impending retirement does mean that I am now something of a zombie…lurching around for a while in a transitional state. And who better than a zombie president to tackle two zombie ideas about higher education and advanced research!

You may ask: What’s a zombie idea? Well, it’s one of those persistent and infectious pieces of misinformation, a meme that shouldn’t be alive but just won’t die…