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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Do postdoctoral studies have official certificate?

I have seen that some universities give postdoctoral fellows an official certificate (similar to the PhD diploma) after finishing their postdoctoral job. On the other hand, some of postdoctoral ...
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Electronic version of diploma in the US universities?

In a job application, I received electronic version of diploma and transcript (not scanned copy, but the official electronic file that the university prepared to be printed on official diploma and ...
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Computer Science, MEng or BSci + MSc in the UK?

In Spain, it is fundamental to do the first 3 years of bachelor and the last two years of master to get a job, so I find very difficult to understand the UK system. I am currently enrolled in Computer ...
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Should I answer students' questions immediately or teach them to ask better questions?

I'm teaching an online lab (to accompany an in-person course) to undergrads in their 3rd or 4th year of an engineering curriculum this semester. The aim of the lab is not to teach them any particular ...
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Should final exams be comprehensive?

I teach in the school of sciences and engineering in the university where I work. I have asked professors several times if the final exams have to be comprehensive, and I usually get mixed answers. ...
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How is the budget distributed across Faculty/Department?

For the activities of a faculty/department: Is the budget fully under control of the department head, or part of budget is still with the dean? Is the department budget is defined by the dean or ...
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Discussing with university professors before being undergraduate

I have applied for a computer science course at more universities, but one of them really convinced me with a very welcoming attitude. Even if I have not confirmed my place, I have a tutor and he ...
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Approach the professors about making the course more “relevant”

I'm currently studying Industrial Engineering in Spain, one of the broadest degrees here that includes the subjects of Calculus, Fluid Mechanics, Electronics, Materials and Programming in C, among ...
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How are PhD students assigned to supervisors/professors?

In my experience, there are two types of PhD students (1) A professor offers a PhD studentship. Then, students apply directly and know their supervisor from the first day. In this case, how a ...
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Is the classical chair system (in which a senior professor supervises junior professors) obsolete?

Historically, only full professors could have a specific chair, and assistant and associate professors could only wonder under supervision of a chaired (full) professor. Now, every assistant ...
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What is the difference between academic and administrative department heads?

In a comment, it was quoted that some universities have administrative or academic department head. I sensed this difference before (but do not remember specifically), but I always thought that the ...
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How to find less-competitive faculty positions in the US universities?

I plan to move to the US, and thus, looking for a less-competitive faculty position to start there. Later, I can find better jobs, but at this stage, I just need to find a position. For an outsider, ...
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How to get honorary academic position in the UK universities?

To my knowledge, it is common in the UK universities to offer honorary faculty positions to their partners from other universities or outside academia. Correct me if I'm wrong, these positions are ...
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What is the procedure for hiring a professor?

When a department head needs a faculty member, how is the process of hiring one started and conducted (at least in US and UK universities)? Of particular interest is the following; Finance: ...
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Do universities have reference book for code of laws?

As an organization, a university has various types of regulations (academics, disciplinary, etc), which are separately documented. Do (at least) large university prepare a comprehensive book ...
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Who should approve changes in curriculum?

In the US and UK higher education system, who is responsible for a program curriculum? For example, if planning to modify the curriculum by adding an uncommon course, who should approve this ...
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Is there an alternative to Dean title?

Because of different backgrounds in higher education systems, different titles are popularly used for administrative titles in academia such as University level - President, Vice Chancellor, ...
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How to find the list of universities running a specific program?

Is there any way/resource for finding the list of universities offering a specific degree? I want to find which universities have a specific program (both undergraduate and graduate). My target is ...
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How should administration punish sexual abuse/trade for grade?

It happens that some students offer sex for grade. Just considering the fact that popularity of this strategy can strongly weaken the quality of education, administrators should take some actions to ...
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How important is the country of academic experience in applying for US academic jobs?

I have long academic experiences in African universities (where I studied and am based). I had various administrative positions such as head, dean, vice president. Academically, I have supervised tens ...
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What is “shared governance” and how does it work in practice in academia?

I read the Wikipedia page and this article on the subject and frankly, I am still clueless. I don't understand what shared governance means in practice, how it applies, who it is for, and how it ...
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Should I choose easy modules?

So I'm in my third year of university and I'm at the point where I have to choose my modules for next year. This is a simple question, but I really wish I asked it a long time ago because I have no ...
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Should we translate non-english university names?

In my country, several universities are prefixed by "Universidade Federal", which can be translated to "Federal University" (e.g., "Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro" to "Federal University of ...
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Can I accept two offers from universities and decide later on

I've received offers from two UK universities, first conditional and second unconditional. There's always a possibility that I won't meet conditions so I'd like to keep the second university as a ...
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Do students and faculty comprise any State University in the US?

Oxford University as a corporation grants membership to the matriculated students who are currently pursuing a degree. However, in the US there seems to be a tendency for University legal business to ...
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What is the typical Legal Structure of a modern College?

I'm very perplexed as to how the terms College and University are archaically used to denote associations of people, but are in modern times being used to denote buildings or realty. What are ...
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How to leave a collaborator after being offered to join a new group?

How does one leave one collaborative group for another, prior to the start of the research? This relates to switching project teams for graduate course work, switching research labs, or basically ...
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Campus dress codes for a student in university? [closed]

My son is applying to college to study computer science, and one of his top choices is a small, Catholic school. He likes most everything about this school, but there is one aspect that concerns me: ...
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What is the best way to choose an MBA school for someone in lighting industry?

I want to apply for an MBA, but I have found that it is really difficult to choose universities in the USA. There are hundreds of them, and each has its own features. Therefore, I have come up with an ...
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What is the difference between dual degree, 2 Bachelors and double major?

We are considering to offer double majors between my department and other departments. While looking at examples from other universities, we came across other terms such as dual degree. On the ...
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Is it worth it to apply for the Newton Fellowship in UK?

I'm graduating this summer (2014) and trying to find a job in the UK so I can go live with my husband. I am thinking of applying for the Newton Fellowship, however, they have a really strange schedule ...
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“Be a small fish in a sea, or a big one in a pond” [closed]

I graduated (BSc and MSc) from the top university in my country and I'm currently a PhD candidate on another strong university. I expect to defend my thesis in a few months. After that, I plan to stay ...
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Relation of lecture mandatory attendance and lecture quality

My university recently made a direction that lectures attendance is mandatory. Now my question is, are there any studies that compare mandatory and not mandatory lectures quality? The university is ...
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What do departments/universities do about unethical behavior by faculty?

I see questions on this site that describe extremely unethical behavior by professors (e.g., not giving a student authorship when it is obviously warranted). I've also seen some behavior of this ...
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After initial contact, how long should I address a professor as “Dr. Smith” or “Professor Smith”?

Let's assume that I've contacted professors in the United States and referred to them appropriately as "Dr. Smith" or "Professor Smith" based on their having attained a Ph.D. If they respond to me ...
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Is job experience more valuable than taking more courses?

So I've been offered a job at a company specializing in my field of study. However, one of the things they ask is that I take one less course, so that I can spend more time working for them. This ...
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Is it a good idea to go to “National University of Singapore” just because of its high international ranking?

I'm an international student and I'm currently studying pure mathematics in undergraduate level with a relatively low GPA (~3.5/4.0). I've recently read so many positive reviews about the universities ...
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Are professional body certificates any helpful in getting into academia (if I don't have any undergraduate education)?

Sometimes professional bodies issue diplomas and postgraduate diplomas which, for example in the UK, are recognized at a very high training level. What I am not sure about is whether these, even ...
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Why many research results are presented as paid articles?

Many times I learn or look for some information, I find scientific article on ieeexplore.ieee.org or similar, where articles are paid. Most of the articles are written by some professors of ...
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Department's nomenclature “Computer engineering” vs. “Electrical engineering and Computer science”

When I started searching for a graduate programs that fits my research interests in the United States, I noticed that some universities have separate "Computer Engineering" and "Electrical ...
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conflicted whether to transfer or not

I am a college sophomore and I am debating transferring out of my current school, Hunter college. My GPA is 3.56 and I am a CS and psychology major, concentration of behavioral neuroscience. Now, I ...
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Nightmares and frustrations with students' sloppy homework

I have a serious problem with HW usually submitted by students. A considerable fraction of the students are not neat with their HWs. By neat I mean respecting the guide lines I provided them to ...
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Indian CGPA to US GPA system [duplicate]

I study in India and in here we have 10 pointer system. I wanted to convert my CGPA to american based GPA system of 4. I googled and got this website. So does that mean I need only >8.5 to get a 4. ...
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My advisor tried to find my faults and kick me out of the research?

I am a international student in a ivy league school under J1 visa ( i can work only in school). I am now working as a researcher after I got the degree. I did sign the contract that I will work for 2 ...
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is there apprentice training in master of engineering?

Do the M.Eng students in Electrical Engineering have apprenticeship? Do the students get money for their apprentice training? & how much?
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How to change the idea that supervsiors got about you?

In the beginning of a research program students (like me) may be lazy or find things hard and do things that make their supervisors get angry such as not completing specific job in the right time. ...
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Should I Quit University?

As a computer engineering student, I think this is the right place to ask for help about my career. Well I am in my sophomore year at one of the leading university in Turkey. I want to specialize in ...
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Yardsticks for the worth of a Ph.D

I am about to do a Ph.D. in applied Mathematics/Theoretical Computer Science. The organization I'm going into is not a university, but a research institute in Europe. I'd like to assess my prospects ...
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Different CV/Resume for US Universities

I want to submit my CV/Resume to universities for MS in CS. I have learnt web designing and development along with other programming languages learnt in undergraduation. I used to prepare 2 resumes, ...
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Are student records accessible by university officials?

Application forms for graduate school usually contain some vague statements regarding the extents of usage of one's social security number. Some people believe that educational records at other ...