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"BULGAR STUDENTS KNOW THEIR OWN MIND"--BLACK

DIFFICULT TO GET GOOD EDUCATION IN NEAR EAST

NO WRITER ATTRIBUTED

"Bulgarian and Turkish students have a far clearer idea of what they want in college and the sort of an education they need than students of the same age in the United States," said Mr. F. H. Black, Hon. '15, when interviewed yesterday. Mr. Black is the newly elected president of the American Colleges in Bulgaria which are to be erected near Sofia at a cost of $500,000 next autumn.

"In the East of Europe," said Mr. Black, "there has been a negligible amount of satisfactory education accomplished by the native schools in the past half century. The Balkan countries are notorious for the agitation and strife which have prevailed in and among them almost through all history

Desire Chance to Study

"In a war-ridden country there is little opportunity for educational institutions to thrive. The result of this dearth of facilities for education has been a very distinct increase in the desire of the people for an opportunity to study.

"When the desire for education became manifest native schools sprang up, but were still incapable of filling the need. In time American students conceived the idea of building colleges in the East in which the need of the people for education might be met and in which the English language might be taught and disseminated.

"The influx of Bulgarian students to Constantinople made it evident that a college was needed in Bulgaria itself and last year it was decided that an American college could be erected near Sofia. The college is to cost approximately $500,000, and work will probably be started this coming August.

Stresses Educating for Peace

"The cause of international peace can be better served by education than by any other one cause. In that I agree full heartedly with the Prince of Denmark, whose views on this subject were recently printed by the CRIMSON. The new college near Sofia will be as well equipped as many of the well known American colleges. The plans show a group of buildings which could not be built in America for less than $2,500,000. Manual labor can be hired for nearly nothing and most of the building materials come from nearby sources.

"When the college is completed and in operation it will include two schools, one for boys and the other for girls. The schools will be separated in the main but will have the same teaching staff and the same general courses."

Bulgars Approve U. S. Control

When asked whether the Bulgarian government was likely to approve of the American control of its students, Professor Black assured the reporter that Bulgaria recognized her deficiencies in education and hence was very glad to help make the college a success.

"From the King down, all Bulgaria is friendly to us," he continued,. "There is no feeling of national jealousy or antagonism where a very real benefit to Bulgaria is evident."

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