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Bristol Free University by David Saunders

Bristol Free University aims to ‘fund’ free education through trade apprenticeships in the ’emerging’ green economy, as and when it emerges.  The idea would be like sandwich courses or German ‘Berufsakademies’.

With a mix of real work, real education in sustainability, and a strand also of personal and community development where students learn innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise creation. While the focus is on sustainability, we plan to draw heavily on experience of an innovative (largely black) student-led business university in South Africa, CIDA (www.cida.co.za)  which achieves very low running costs through the students running the place, gaining extensive practical experience of running a leading knowledge-based business on co-op principles.

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