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Welcoming international students in Brighton

Posted 30 January 2014
Welcoming international students

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And so they came, like the bees of knowledge. Attracted by the cascading scent of intertwining academic intensity that perfumed the seafaring town of Brighton. And so it is, just as it should be, eager young minds from the remotest corners of the world congregated and sojourned here, on 1 Billiton Way, under Bellerbys, the international college of Brighton. They are here to have a taste of that precious nectar of intellectual sweetness, and fill their nostrils with bookish delight. For these who dare to grasp the kaleidoscopic opportunities of future, they shall succeed.

And so they came, like the bees of knowledge. Attracted by the cascading scent of intertwining academic intensity that perfumed the seafaring town of Brighton. And so it is, just as it should be, eager young minds from the remotest corners of the world congregated and sojourned here, on 1 Billiton Way, under Bellerbys, the international college of Brighton. They are here to have a taste of that precious nectar of intellectual sweetness, and fill their nostrils with bookish delight. For these who dare to grasp the kaleidoscopic opportunities of future, they shall succeed.

The new January students are welcomed with fierce passion and fiery enthusiasm. It was a day to remember, the day dreams unfold. When the introduction program had finished, I saw students lingering in the hallway, colliding into each other with inexpressible excitement. The party for the January students adds to the rapture for a new journey of learning on which they are about to embark. In Bellerbys, activities are always burgeoning, blooming with the fruits of enjoyment and excitement.

Whether you are a ferocious debater or a fellow traveler in the mysterious entangled forests of human development and economics, you will never have to journey alone. Why not just simply have a talk with the brilliant and beautiful Dr. Andrews from our distinguished science department, about David Lindsey’s philosophical science fiction masterpiece of 1920 and the logic of scientific discovery? Or if you have a moment, you will marvel at how much the amazing Mr. Dixon (also known as uncle Dickie) from our maths department knows about the life of Sylvia Plath, the music of Leonard Bernstein and how many lines he can recall from the works of W. H. Auden as fast as he can cure any mathematical maladies at the speed of lightning. (“Mathematics is the pursuit of truth and beauty” says Mr. Dixon.)

Perhaps you would like to talk about the latest works by Daniel Kahneman and Allan de Botton, or the evolutionary psychology of Steven Pinker? Then why not spend a minute with Mr. Spottiswoode, our A-level program manager, and be astonished by his depth as well as breadth of knowledge. If it is economics you are more interested in, you will inevitably find yourself gravitating to the venerable Mr. Gray from our economics department, who can tell you anything there is to know about your country, and see him engaged in dialogues with groups of students around him, vaguely reminding the onlookers of the image of Socrates with his disciples (“Economics is the study of choice” explained Mr. Gray).


Maybe it is philosophy you are obsessed with, in that case, you can always have a talk with Mr. Bowen about the 20th century’s favourite philosophers ranging from P. F. Strawson, A. J. Ayer to Wittgenstein. As Christopher Hitchens would have said to Christopher Buckley when they made a date over the phone “It will be a feast of reason and a flow of soul”. It is precisely this form of long and agreeable discussion that I find myself magnetized to and mesmerized by (Note that

Buckley actually mistook Hitchens’ “rococo phraseology” in his hauntingly moving piece in the The New Yorker as an original coinage of P. G. Wodehouse, where in fact it was first written by Alexander Pope in his Imitations of Horace). Neither of these polymathic and erudite men and women are my course teachers, but I hope by this way I can best give you a faint and preliminary impression of the milieu, and I hope you, the January starters, will enjoy their company as much as I did and still do.

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Christopher Chen

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