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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

-2
votes
1answer
25 views

Finding Programming Language Research group in Germany [on hold]

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
111 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
22 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
392 views

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 ...
-2
votes
0answers
67 views

Should I switch my college? [closed]

I'm looking for an advice if I should switch college. I have never really tried studying math before I started programming in my senior year of high school. I was interested in building software and ...
5
votes
1answer
135 views

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, ...
10
votes
1answer
107 views

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 ...
15
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
116 views

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 ...
27
votes
5answers
7k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
53 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
121 views

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 ...
14
votes
2answers
1k views

How much time does a professor have to do research on his 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 does a ...
0
votes
0answers
9 views

Which electromagnetic radiation is faster in water, microwaves or light? [migrated]

Well I've been asked this question, but I haven't been able to come with an answer yet using books and some web searches. The point is as the title says, to answer the question with the whole ...
10
votes
1answer
180 views

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, ...
3
votes
1answer
138 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
198 views

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?
6
votes
2answers
219 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

Can I enroll in just the second year of a master's degree program in Germany?

In the french academic system, master's programs last for 2 years and one can start from the second year (if he/she fulfills the academic requirements, such as having already studied the first year or ...
3
votes
1answer
115 views

What are the most important questions to your phd professor after the proposal stage

I am a newbie in the PhD world (just started out). I have just finished my proposal and therefore committed to a problem I want to research and solve. However, my professor does not advise me much. ...
10
votes
2answers
391 views

My advisor wants to publish my final year project; what will this involve?

I recently finished my final year of a Bachelor of Science degree in Web Development at university in the UK. As 3/8ths of the final year credit, I was required to create a Final Year Project, ...
13
votes
6answers
7k views

I have noticed GPA calculation “bug” in our University, what should I do?

University X offers course Y with Z credits. The course is mandatory, and very important. It lasts for more than one semester with heavy workload. The University awards Z credits for the course Y, but ...
0
votes
1answer
136 views

How to verify academic history and degree?

TL;DR: How does one verify the academic credentials (degree earned, date of graduation) of an individual without their permission or knowledge. I'm trying to verify the academic history and degree ...
6
votes
2answers
243 views

Are there any undergraduate research programs available online?

Is there something like an undergraduate research programme (given by a good institution) in mathematics/theoretical physics which provides a research opportunity in which I can collaborate online and ...
0
votes
2answers
98 views

What PHD program to choose if my bachelor degree is in Business and Master degree in Computer Science

I have my Bachelor's degree in Business and Marketing and my Master's degree in Computer and information Science. This year I have applied to 3 different universities in Germany for taking another ...
0
votes
2answers
156 views

What is the typical flow chart for college mathematics courses?

I know that college mathematics typically start at Calculus I (Differential Calculus) and then Calculus II (Integral Calculus). Then after Calc II, it starts to branch off a little. One option after ...
3
votes
3answers
325 views

Advisor's/University's rights in the PhD/MSc alumni's research projects and publications

After a series of discussions about the level of dependency of a research student on his advisor in this link and this link, a question comes to mind that when the person is graduated and leaves the ...
1
vote
1answer
168 views

Why does a university not require me to send proof of high school degree?

I'm applying to a online Bachelor of arts degree at a very well established university in the United States. However, I'm almost through the application process and at no point did they require an ...
1
vote
2answers
133 views

Do graduate schools have more courses & less of a student-teacher ratio than undergraduate?

On average do grad schools offer more distinct courses than undergraduate schools? If that is the case, then it must mean there are more professors teaching in graduate schools. And common sense ...
18
votes
4answers
797 views

My professor gave me a bad grade and wouldn't discuss it further, I think some prejudice may be involved. How should a student proceed?

Background: I was a senior at a very prestigious, high-ranking university in the US. At the time my GPA was around a 3.9 and had never had any issues with professors (and actually socialized with a ...
-3
votes
1answer
233 views

Tips on dealing with difficult professors?

I'm planning on going back to college (university for those folks across the  pond) and I was wondering what are some things that you guys have done to deal  with difficult professors. I had a C++ ...
5
votes
2answers
286 views

Will you be expelled if you commit a crime as a student in the UK?

I initially thought this was off-topic but StrongBad told me this is not, so thank you. A friend of mine has been a victim of fraud by someone at an university. This was investigated by the police ...
2
votes
1answer
93 views

Sabbatical work

The standard situation in US research universities is for the university to pay one semester of salary for a year of sabbatical leave, and faculty typically take this sabbatical at another university ...
2
votes
2answers
134 views

What are the important factors I must consider while applying to a CS program for an MS after majoring as a mechanical engineer in my undergrad?

I have a master's in mechanical engineering from a pretty decent college in my country with a GPA of 7.9/10. I'd like to know what constitutes a good application to a Master's program in CS (ML, to be ...
39
votes
7answers
5k views

How should bathroom breaks be handled during written exams to avoid cheating?

It seems to me that it is impossible to prevent cheating (as in: communicating and getting help from outside) if one allows students to use the restroom during written classroom tests. Excluding ...
2
votes
0answers
68 views

What is “call for nomination” for senior positions in university?

Job ads for senior executive positions in university always state Call for Nomination and Application. Contrary to nomination for awards, the nominator cannot actually nominate the nominee, but just ...
40
votes
2answers
9k views

Is a university that grants me a PhD for $1000 and a copy of my unpublished book fake?

I have paid $1000 for PhD in mathematics. And I have sent them my book to be considered as a PhD thesis. Now I suspect that I have lost the money. But as far as I know they are not accredited by the ...
-2
votes
1answer
112 views

Ph.D or not Ph.D? [duplicate]

On october I get a master degrees of computer science. The thesis period is very full but I love it, because I learn every day new knowledge. Now my fear is to finish and get a boring job. Yes, the ...
6
votes
3answers
695 views

Expelled from undergrad university for poor academic performance, can I go back there (years later) for Masters?

I want to obtain a masters degree at a certain top university (in Canada). However, I was kicked out of the department due to my bad performance. Repeated attempts at getting back in were ...
14
votes
5answers
2k views

Is there a university that has only graduate programs?

Is there any university in the United States (or Europe) fully committed to graduate programs (master and PhD)? Why this is not a common scheme? Why research universities are not interested in this ...
2
votes
1answer
85 views

Should I switch from an M.A. to an M.S. program if my department allows me to choose?

I work in industry and am also attending a major U.S. university to get another master's degree, this one in Applied Math. When I entered the program, the department offered a Master of Arts (M.A.) ...
12
votes
6answers
625 views

How to start an academic career after 5-6 years in industry, without an undergraduate degree?

As an undergraduate, I wasted a ridiculous amount of time due to a combination of being distracted by part-time work, lack of focus, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life, and just plain being ...
2
votes
1answer
112 views

Who launches a private non-profit university?

Universities are normally non-profit. For public universities, it is understandable that governments invest the taxpayers' money for education purpose. However, investors of a private university ...
1
vote
1answer
112 views

Degree program changed before attending graduate school

I studied Bioinformatics at the undergraduate level but since I was short of one of the degree requirements and I had already been accepted to a graduate program, my university decided to re-name my ...
1
vote
2answers
127 views

Do American students enroll in unaccredited universities?

In countries with central governmental control over higher educations, universities normally should be accredited by a governmental body to establish a university and enroll students. However, in the ...
0
votes
1answer
48 views

How does Faculty of Graduate Studies work? [duplicate]

Canadian universities have Faculty of Graduate Studies for supporting graduate programs and students. However, I do not under stand how it can operates without conflicting overlap with the technical ...
6
votes
1answer
189 views

Mean life of Universities

I was just thinking, universities (as a public institution) are one of the most long-lived institutions in a human society. The may survive changes of government and they evolutionate with the ...
0
votes
1answer
76 views

Is a diploma updated in new request?

When requesting the diploma/transcript for a new job, the transcript is signed by the current registrar, as transcript has issuance date. However, a diploma does not have issuance date (only the date ...
12
votes
2answers
932 views

Can one get a faculty position by posting CV on job websites?

As I see faculty positions in Europe and North America is always based on applications. Is it common that a department head suggest a faculty position to a possible candidate? I do not mean based on ...
1
vote
3answers
274 views

How to set the threshold below which students get a failing grade in a university-level course?

What criteria (in light of the best practices or teaching experience) should one consider when deciding the passing percentage of the course? (By the passing percentage I mean the grade threshold ...