The text contains reflection on the causes of crisis in scholarship and the system of instruction. Conceptions and visions of the university across history are reviewed. Their recollection serves the purpose of confronting the present circumstances at a time of transformation and globalization with the ideals of past times. It does not suggest any ready prescriptions how to overcome the crisis. Rather, it is a pretext to pose new questions and seek answers to the fundamental doubts of the 21st century.