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What's in a name?

What's in a name? One of the reasons I started this Curaçao 3.0 project is the fact that Curaçao after 101010 definitely set on a course to Curaçao 1.0, instead of 3.0.  Living on Curaçao our world became smaller.  The territory and the territorial waters became smaller.  On many lists Curaçao was down graduated. Intellectuals who expanded mentally and spiritually were persecuted and removed and replaced by small minds.  And now unique in the world, the name of the university is changing and named after a founding father of the island, who is only locally known by the older generation.  In the past universities were named after their founders, Harvard is the best example.  And Venezuela created the University Simon Bolivar, instead of the University of Caracas. In 1966 the name the university of Rotterdam, one of the fourteen universities in the Netherlands, was named Erasmus. This case is often used to justify the name of the university after a person.  Those who hold that point of view want to forget that the Netherlands does not have one but fourteen universities.  That this happend in in the 1960s and that Erasmus is a well know Europen figure and not a founding father. When in 2004 Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen wanted to get rid of the religious label it adopted the name of its institute of medicine,  Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. Katholieke Universiteit Braband did the same in 2001, it was renamed Universiteit van Tilburg. In 2010 it became Tilburg University to express is global orientation. You just do not change a name of a university like that.  Constitutional change is not a good reason.  The University of the West Indies did not change its name after independence. This decision will make it impossible for the university of Curacao to expand internationally.  After the 1960s the world does name universities after persons.  Aruba who is as proud as Curaçao has not named the university after the founding father Betico Croes. Only Suriname renamed the National university after an activist named Anton de Kom.  This was done by a military regime for populist reason.  Today Suriname regrets this decision.  Big scientists like Einstein and Plato have no universities named after them. What is much more appropriate is to name a building after a person.  Why not name the aula after a founding father? Only Curaçao is big enough to have her name tied to the national university.  The founding fathers did it for the glory of the country, not to have their names written on the wall of the national university. Curaçao is becoming a very small contracting place. Nos ku nos. Meaning: we for we.

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