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Business receives international ranking

In a survey of deans from international schools of Business, Brock placed fourth in Canada in the Excellent Business Schools nationally strong and/or with continental links category.In the survey, 1,000 selected business school deans voted to give their recommendations about the schools. Country by country, they were asked the question: “Which business school(s) would you recommend to anyone wishing to study in this country?”These unprecedented rankings give a clear and exhaustive vision of the international and local influence of the selected business schools. read more

Cambridge college admits that a bell it had on display for decades

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A Cambridge college has admitted that a bell it had on display for decades was originally from a slave plantation in Guyana.St Catharine’s College said that the bell, which carried the inscription “De Catherina 1772”, will be donated to a Dutch national museum for a major exhibition on slavery next year. Earlier this year the College announced that it had “shuttered” the bell off from view while it investigated its origins. The move came after Cambridge University announced that it will launch an inquiry to see how the 800-year-old institution benefited from the slave trade.Researchers have been commissioned to pore over the university’s archives to how much it gained from the “Atlantic slave trade and other forms of coerced labour during the colonial era”.  The mission bell was donated to St Catharine’s College by alumnus Edward Goodland in 1961, three years after his arrival in the British colony of British Guiana, which is now Guyana.Mr Goodland, who studied at St Catharine’s from 1930-33 and went on to become a successful industrialist, moved to Guyana in 1958 after he was appointed as the technical director at Bookers Sugar Estates.According to an archived issue of the College’s magazine, St Catharine’s College Society, the bell was “believed to have been a plantation bell, used for regulating the work-schedules of slaves on the sugar plantations”.The magazine noted that the bell “can hardly have been cast in Demerara, and is believed to have been made on the Continent, perhaps in Holland, and probably some years before 1772.”The bell was initially hung in a belfry outside the Porter’s lodge where it was used to “summon College residents to food and to prayer”, the magazine says but in 1994 it was moved to a less prominent position in one of the accommodation blocks.From September 2020, the bell will go on display at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam as part of an exhibition on slavery in the Dutch colonial period.Prof Sir Mark Welland, Master of the College, said: “The bell was gifted to St Catharine’s College in 1961 simply on the basis of the coincidence of name inscribed on the bell – ‘De Catharina’. It is time for the true history of the bell to be told as an educational tool.”Taco Dibbits, director of the Rijksmuseum, said: “In our exhibition, bells from across the world will represent the international dimension of the system of slavery, and the different meanings of bells for enslavers and enslaved.“With the bell from the De Catharina plantation, the museum will pay tribute to the enslaved people of Demerara, a forgotten part of the Dutch colonial era.“The Rijksmuseum is grateful to St Catharine’s College for this opportunity, and will explore together with the College the possibilities for a permanent location for the bell, either in the Netherlands or Guyana.” read more