PPE and everything under the sun

Opinion  |  Phar Kim Beng
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COMMENT | While there was a time when the British rejoiced on the notion that "the sun shall never set on the empire", the blood and money they spent on World War II between 1939 and 1945 sapped their economic energy completely.

The chaos of Brexit, for the lack of better word, is a culmination of all that has been tried and tested in Britain since the fateful end of the British empire - and it is now coming home to roost.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is a graduate of Oxford University; her predecessor David Cameron graduated from Cambridge. Even Margaret Thatcher, who did much to privatise Britain, was a graduate in chemistry from Oxford.

One may well include Tony Blair, another Oxford graduate, who bumbled into the Second Gulf War, led by president George Bush, an alumnus from Yale University, lunging at Saddam Hussein without a single shred of evidence that could amount to any weapon of mass destruction.

Be that as it may, the late Rustam Sani, with a prominent PhD in sociology from Yale, used to affirm way back, during his days as a columnist for Dewan Masyarakat in 1988, that of all the degrees that can transform one into a top thinker, it is worthwhile to consider “PPE”.

PPE stands for Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Oxford is one of the few to offer the degree, but it seems the University of Warwick in Coventry City, which is fast emerging as one of the top five universities in the UK, has begun offering it's own PPE course too...

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