How to become a world-beater

April 16, 2009

Is becoming a world-beater simply a matter of money? Or is some other ingredient essential?

Alf poses those questions on learning that Massey University will fund three PhD scholarships “to ensure” that a newly appointed professor “can establish a world-leading research programme.”

“Ensure” is the magic word. It means “to make certain” or “guarantee”.

If this be so, pouring money into other professorships will ensure we establish world-leading research programmes in a raft of things.

We could set up a professorship of rugby and maybe the resultant world-leader rugby research will help us build a world-beating rugby team, for example.
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