Role of a University

Universities don’t exist just to prepare people for the world of work. They exist to prepare people for the world. With the ability to think beyond the confines of a narrow field of study. With the ability to see connections and correlations and patterns across many subjects. With the guts to ask questions. The tenacity to find answers. The wisdom to make decisions. And maybe, just when we need it, the genius to see things as they can be, rather than as they are. (Allan Gilmour, 11th President of Wayne State University, 2011)

Ismail Said is a professor at Department of Landscape Architecture. He has already retired from the university. He will come back to university as contract academics in April 2019. I can be reached at

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