Queries related to universities, as an institution of higher eduacation that grants academic degrees and provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education.

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Is it realistic to apply to a Master at MIT, Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Stanford with a Bachelor of a German Fachhochschule?

I am a 31 year old German Bachelor-student in his 5th semester in a University of Applied Sciences, studying in Business Information Systems. The total time for receiving the Bachelor is 7 semesters. ...
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Didn't pay attention to rules and created an illegal note card for exam?

For final exam in my university chemistry class, a note sheet, 8 by 11, was allowed. You could put anything on the sheet, however it was to remain 1-sided. Of all things, I forgot about the last rule, ...
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How do you know if university is right for you?

At the secondary school I went there was an implicit sense that all students were expected to go to university. For example councillors would come into our English classes to give presentations on how ...
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How can a decent student find a doctoral advisor from another faculty?

I am a last year student at the Moscow State University (I study maths). At our university there are two somewhat similar mathematical faculties: Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics (this is where I ...
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How to write a decent report introduction on work you have created?

I'm finding it quite difficult to start off a report I have to write. So to write a report you will probably know that you are not allowed to write in first person. But the problem I'm having is ...
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What path should I take to make my vision a reality?

I love German literature, but I am not interested in literary criticism/theory; just in close-reading, by which I mean, "reading while analyzing the grammar, syntax, usages of words, etc." As my ...
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What major is beneficial for a long-term career goal in medical robotics/ robotics/ artificial intelligence?

I have done my undergraduate degree in a Indian university in electronics and communication engineering and have done a job in one of my field of interest medical image processing and I worked in ...
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why Honorary degree are awarded to celebrities also?

why Honorary degree are awarded to celebrities also? Chiranjeevi awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Andhra University, Actually he is a actor, so how he achieved Honorary degree if he has not ...
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Career Paths for Mathematics and Physics

I'm just looking at the Mathematics & Physics program at University of Toronto (I think it's like Mathematical Physics, correct me if I'm wrong), I'm wondering what career paths I can choose if I ...
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Are there any universities in US/Europe which will give PhD in Engineering in 3-4 years?

I know that PhD is not like other degrees which ends in a span of 2-4 years. Also, one cannot control the span of the program which entirely depends on topic and guides. But I heard from some where ...
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Math or Physics Combined with Computer Science [closed]

I'm thinking of taking a double major/specialist course at university, combining computer science with either math or physics. I am better at current high school math, but I think physics will have ...
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How were people able to graduate with a PhD at a such young age in the past?

When I read up the bibliography of the mathematicians and scientists in the early 19th to 20th century, I am always shocked at how they were able to graduate university with PhD(s) at such a young ...
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How to apply for a Master thesis abroad

I am enrolled in a Master's program (Computational Science and Engineering) in Germany and currently I am looking for a Master's Thesis abroad, preferably in the US or in Canada. Unfortunately, I am ...
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US statute of Higher Education System

I'm taking for granted several fact about higher-education system in the US, such as: Professors can move freely between universities, even ones outside US. They are in this regard like professional ...
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Omissions of undergraduate information

I am new here. I was wondering since many of you are learned professionals what your opinion on this is. I have recently returned to further education (as an undergraduate) and have been there for a ...
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Knowing a lecturer from a previous course of study, would it have an impact?

I am a final year honours student (UK) who has come across a little bit of a predicament. About eight years ago when I was a teenager, I was undertaking a University course that I did not complete ...
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What is the difference between a concentration and a track within the major?

We want to improve our undergraduate curriculum in my department by offering new concentration. Looking at many different programs in the US, the following questions came to mind: If there is a ...
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How to comfortably interact with famous professors?

I know that they are "just as human as we are", but I feel somewhat uncomfortable to talk nonchalantly with the top-notch math researchers and professors in my department because of their social ...
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Staying on the MEng or risk BSc + MSc application

The situation: I am in one of the top engineering schools in London and I am currently on an MEng. The issue: However I found a couple of courses from 3rd year not very interesting and at the same ...
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Do any academic institutions publish objective surveys of alumni satisfaction?

Having seen some questions asking about the costs/risks/benefits of doing a PhD I wonder if any academic teaching organisations actually contact their students after graduation and seek structured ...
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How to abbreviate the name of a university when there is no official abbreviation?

Given that I must address a university by abbreviation, say call the University of X simply X, for some given X, and that there is no official abbreviation for the name of this university, what is a ...
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Should I cancel / alter office hours for committee meetings?

My contract requires that I maintain a certain number of office hours a week where I am available to meet with students. In practice this time is rarely entirely taken up by student meetings however. ...
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Why do some universities not allow dissertations to be publicly available?

After reading a comment (now deleted) saying My university's policies does not allow me to share my thesis PDF file completely. I was wondering why some universities do not allow dissertations ...
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How should I approach a Tokyo University professor to join their lab?

What are the guidelines that I should follow when contacting a foreign University professor to ask for joining their lab? I need to find a professor for my already accepted semester abroad as an ...
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If I get an HND then a BSc, can I then go and specialise in any area for my Masters?

I am currently in an apprenticeship for Software Development; however, I want to change my future career after doing a job as a Software Developer. I would like to know if I would be able to go and ...
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Is Visa required to obtain a very short term research grant (15 days) from a US University?

I am an associate professor and I am going to the US for two weeks. I am going to visit a colleague who is arranging with her university a small grant for me to cover the basic expenses. According to ...
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Reference for annual journal subscription costs paid per university?

Is there any resource that lists how much each university pay in journal subscription fees? I am mostly interested in US universities (E.g. Harvard: $3.5M/year in 2014).
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Is it worth self-funding a PhD to attend a top 10 university?

What should I opt for? Option A) very well paid PhD, around €3000 per month at a respectable university or; Option B) a non-paid PhD, where I have to pay €2000 per year at one of the top 10 ...
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How To Volunteer Research Assistant?

I am a community college student in Computer Science field who likes to have good resume when I want to transfer to university, I found out this is very useful if I start to work in particular area in ...
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Can a US university force a foreign student to obtain health insurance from a specific provider?

My wife is doing her MBA at a state university, and they have a requirement that she purchases health insurance from a specific provider (which has a pricing agreement with the university, but that is ...
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Are professors at a public university in the U.S. considered to be “employed by the U.S. government”?

Also, is a grad student who is being funded by an NSF grant considered to be "employed by the U.S. government"? I ask because I'm submitting a paper, and I have to state whether or not all authors ...
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How to remove gender bias from an academic job search?

I overheard some professors discussing the next round of hiring at my university and several were concerned about gender bias possibly playing an issue in the hiring process. An initial thought is to ...
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What metrics do universities use to evaluate their performance?

I am curious how different universities evaluate their performance. I am curious to know if there is a standardized (or even just generally accepted) set of metrics that universities use to rate ...
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Research plan without a specific goal?

In order to apply for studying abroad (writing my M.Sc. thesis) I need to write a research plan. However, I only know the approximate research field, e.g. "program analysis for concurrent software", ...
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Finding Programming Language Research group in Germany [closed]

I would like to ask you a list of "Programming Language Research Group" in Germany. Why do i ask for list here? I know that internet provide all information for me but when i search "Programming ...
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In universities, what are the advantages of having a second department affiliation?

Browsing the internet, I found many professors, researchers and scientists that, in addition to their main affiliation to their main department, have also a second affiliation to another department of ...
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Double Law and Economics Degree + Economics PhD: Post-Nominals?

I have a friend who did Double Law and Economics Degree and then progressed to a Economics PhD (all at Monash University, Australia). He never really used his expertise in a job and now ~10 years ...
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What's the role of colloquiums in academia?

During my bachelors and masters degree I have attended some brief talks called colloquiums in which a researcher was invited by a professor at the university and s/he gave a one-hour talk about a ...
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Uneven skill set and customer service attitudes of University Support Services

I was wondering if anyone had any guidance on how to handle/manage the uneven skill sets and lack of customer service attitudes on the part of administrative units. I'm talking about concrete issues, ...
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Is it usual to use endowed chairs to support deans' administrative duties, rather than faculty's academic work?

Our law school has (soon to be had) an endowed professorship that was awarded (on a 5-year rotating basis) to a faculty member with an outstanding record of research and scholarship, consistent with ...
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What are the repercussions of a “vote of no confidence” made by faculty?

As an example of a vote of no confidence, recently, the academic world has been shocked by the Salaita case at the University of Illinois. I happen to be a UIUC alumnus, so I guess I'm more concerned ...
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Is a second bachelors degree worth it? [duplicate]

I'm about to finish up a BA in linguistics and am looking at some interdisciplinary options for grad school (specifically in cognitive science). I have a competitive GPA in my last two academic ...
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Why is salary inversion a problem?

I've heard that salary inversion is a problem in academia, and it happens when Universities continue to hire new and highly qualified people at higher and higher salaries, but they don't increase the ...
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Explanation needed for university program titles (MScDiplomaCertificate)

What does it mean when a university has a program which title is 'program name' MSc/Diploma (MScDiploma). When a person graduates, does he/she get MSc or Diploma (MScDiploma). What is the difference ...
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Why do some Universities give honorary degrees?

Most of the question is the title: Why do some Universities give honorary degrees? E.g. the President of Indonesia, Sukarno, got 26 honorary doctorates, and Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe has ...
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How much time do professors have to do research on their own?

As part of their job, professors have to take care of getting funding, prepare classes, advise students, fulfill administrative tasks and attend to various meetings/conferences. How much time do ...
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Why only medicine lectures are closed to the public?

In a coment, David Richerby pointed out that in his university in the UK everybody was entitled to attend to any lectures, except for Medicine. I have also found that Dusseldorf has the same policy, ...
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Criteria for choosing undergraduate school to prepare for graduate study: “focus on undergrads” & “extensive rigorous curriculum” mutually exclusive?

I'm trying to figure out which undergraduate colleges are most conducive to graduate school applications, but it seems to me that (with few notable exceptions) my two main criteria that lead to this ...
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Can one professor hold more than one endowed chair?

Are there examples of one person holding more than one endowed chair at the same university?
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Cambridge Dress Code

I've got an admission to Cambridge University and have been asked to attend an afternoon tea event at my future college, it is a matriculation event. In contrast to all other invitations there has ...