Royal University of Gotzborg Rector appointed

The Royal University of Gotzborg (RUG) has received a new Rector, marking a period of revitalisation for the leading educational institution in the Royal Kingdom.

Royal Chancellor Lord Montin (Liam Sinclair) announced today that the position will be filled by Lord Markham (Nicholas McAlpin), a long-time citizen of Gotzborg and a key architect in the union between Gotzborg and Pendronia in 2004. According to Montin, Markham brings “experienced and innovative leadership” to the position.

Markham’s primary responsibility at this early stage will be to develop the formal structure of RUG which has been dormant for several years. Once that formal structure is in place, RUG will begin to develop practical educational programmes for the citizens of Gotzborg and members of the wider micronational community.

Editorial: Supporting University Plans

© 2005 Royal Kingdom of Gotzborg. All Rights Reserved. Originally published in The Gotzborg Eagle, reproduced under license to Sinclair Publications.

There are current talks under way in Gotzborg to run a micronational university. An idea proposed by then prospective citizen Christopher Harris-Till (now Deputy Vice-Minister of State, Health and Education) have resulted in serious talks about Gotzborg running or even setting up a micronational educational institution, most likely a university.

What is being proposed is not easy. Other micronational ideas regarding education (The Imperial Republic of Shireroth has a Ministry of Research and Education, with a University Office within (http://p211.ezboard.com/fshirerothfrm13); The Atteran Empire has the University of Munich (http://p081.ezboard.com/ftheforumoftherasinatefrm93); and a discussion on micronations.net (http://p074.ezboard.com/fmicronationalnewsnetwork48264frm3.showMessage?topicID=337.topic)) illustrate an interest that has not been matched by continuing sustained success. The effort needed to establish education, the need to get suitable and willing instructors and the requirement of attracting and retaining students are all difficult tasks. Yet in spite of those difficulties, this editorial fully supports the Royal Kingdom of Gotzborg’s plans to establish a university.

The discussion started by Mr Harris-Till generated serious discussion from several people indicates willingness from several people to help in this process. People who contributed included then Deputy Vice-Minister of State, Health and Education David Roest, Atteran Ambassador Ras Sinclair and the Duke of Stathearn HG Nicholas, Vice Minister of State Foreign Office, respected members of the Gotzborg (if not the micronational) community. (http://p220.ezboard.com/fkingdomofgotzborgfrm15.showMessage?topicID=26.topic). This will not be a one-person project, dying when interest or time fades; it is a collective effort and thus more likely to succeed.

Another encouraging factor is the willingness for those involved to educate themselves; to learn from the mistakes of the past and to consider past and present structures. This is not a naive project, blindly forging ahead; it has been a carefully considered plan, with serious input from those in Attera who have done what Gotzborg tries to do. This simple step indicates a degree of sense and maturity that is sometimes lacking in the micronational world. [Yes, I am fully aware that I basically rushed in blindly to reform the Gotzborg Eagle; I claim insanity ;)]

Education has always been an important part of the learning process. Whether by simple teaching by watching and copying in the field, or more formalised teaching involving notes, assignments and exams, education has been a way of passing on knowledge and experience from one generation to the next. In this way, the mistakes of the past are not repeated and successful methods replicated. That Gotzborg seeks to improve itself with an educational institution is commendable. That it is being done in a way which optimises success must be supported.

Responsibility for this editorial taken by Ernest Wilde, Editor of the Gotzborg Eagle.