Boston is home to more than 60 institutions of higher learning:
Divinity schools, colleges engineering schools, music schools, a wide variety of
educational opportunities here in Boston. And this has a significant impact on the
city as a whole. A lot of cities have a college, even
small towns might have a college, but Boston has so many. It allows for a great deal of
collaboration among faculty from different disciplines, from the same
discipline; imagine if you were the only classicist at a small school in Montana, or in some other place, you don’t have
many other people to talk to. In Boston, you do. We have a number of
engineering schools, a number of liberal arts colleges, ranging
from very small schools to very large schools. And this means Boston can be a creative place, with this faculty engaged in research, and also a vital place with students coming, in a
continuously replenished pool of students, young people
who come into Boston hopefully to study. There are about
200,000 or more college students who arrive in
Boston every year in late August/early
September, making it a much different place- a pool that continues to change. As we do have some of the best colleges
and universities in the country, with a variety of
specialties; Harvard and MIT both over in Cambridge,
or perhaps the most well-known, but we have Boston College, Boston
University, the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Emanuel, Simmons, Suffolk University, Emerson College, as well as Berklee
School of Music, the New England Conservatory, which are
among the leading educators of musicians in the world. So students studying a wide variety of
disciplines, faculty pursuing some research that
changes the world, research in biotechnology, and in physics, and in of course history. The
universities in Boston have more Nobel laureates on their staffs
than in any other city in the nation- that is we have a lot of nobel laureates in Boston, as well as students hoping to
study under them, who continue to regenerate
the city. And it is one of the reasons for
Boston’s survival and success after World War II and into the present day, that we do attract young people here to study and
many of them then will choose to stay.