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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Aerospace and electronics at MIT [on hold]

My sister's doing electronics engineering (bachelors) in India and wants to do masters in her areas of interest. She's pretty geeky about electronics and wants to do something that connects with ...
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In what sense are UK universities public?

You often hear that almost all UK universities are public. Wikipedia, for example, says "There are four fully-fledged private universities in the United Kingdom, the University of Buckingham, BPP ...
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Starting university with undesired major. [closed]

I will be starting University this year and will be expected to graduate with a major in "Government and International Affairs". I had to move back to Russia from the USA. I chose this major because ...
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Is it possible to do research in theoretical physics without going to college? [duplicate]

If one doesn't visit university/college and doesn't even take any courses in theoretical physics and learns PhD-level physics from other resources without stepping foot in college or university; Would ...
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different majors and need help ' astrophysics ' and mechanical engineering [closed]

i just have applied for mechanical engineering cause i love it very much i will choose a mechatronics at the fifth semester but my dream is that " work for an international company especially in ...
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Are there really disadvantages of community college and state Uni for undergrad compared to 4 years state Uni?

I am finishing up my undergrad in marketing. I started off my college career at a Community College and then I am finishing my last 2 years at a local state university. This has saved me over $50k ...
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Can you do research at home, without being backed by a university? [electronics] [duplicate]

I am wondering this because I love electronics, but I go to a college which is mostly for vocational training. Often times I feel like our courses are 40% waste of time (usually too much industry ...
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How can I sell independently created software to my university?

I am in a situation that I think is not uncommon nowadays. I wrote software on my own time, by my own decision, and with my own resources during my undergrad career at a university in the US, and ...
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University International Affairs Office inter-office communication

Question is at the bottom. I am working at a new university at the International Affairs Office and we have outlined the basic structure of the office - "Functional characteristics", "Rules for the ...
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Who is the president of a university?

Sorry if the question is weird but I have not seen this terminology before. Who is the president of a university? In my country, a rector is the leader of a university. A dean might run a faculty, ...
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Postdoc job inteview presentation - slide “livery” / logos and references?

I'm applying to my first postdoc position, and I've been asked to attend an interview that will start with a 5 minute presentation on how I meet the job criteria. The work that I'm going to talk about ...
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For early researchers, how does the ranking of a university relate to future career in high ranked universities?

I am a longtime user of SE but posting as anonymous for the (not so) obvious reasons. I am an early academic researcher (though I have been working in industry for a while prior to academia), and my ...
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How to attract good teachers to a young university? [duplicate]

I won't go into much detail, but I work at a young private university at a non-managerial position. The uni has a strong need for better teachers and more adequate students. In my opinion, a viable ...
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How to determine peer institutions?

Are there standard criteria to determine the peer institutions? My institution is an american private liberal art university that follows the semester system, for which I can think of the following ...
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Is it ethical to publish homework?

Sometimes when doing course work for university, I'd like to write about it on my website, or publish it in its entirety, because I think that other people might be interested in it. My goal is not ...
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What's the equivalent of this degree in Europe and USA?

I'm an undergraduate student in mathematics at the University of Buenos Aires. The name of the degree is "licenciatura en Matemática", which is a 5 year long degree. To graduate you must make a small ...
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How can an assistant professor have a much higher salary than an associate professor in the same department? [duplicate]

Is it possible for a young assistant professor to receive a higher salary than an associate professor in the same department with many more papers, citations, etc? Why would this happen? What ...
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Why is the variability in faculty salaries between STEM fields so high?

Checking the data from some public universities, I noticed that the variability in faculty salaries between STEM fields can be extremely large, even within the same university and for the same ...
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Gender Equality in the University [closed]

I go to a large public university. At this university, there is a Women's Studies program, but no Men's Studies program. There is a Women's Resource Center, but no Men's Resource Center. There is a ...
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How to become a visiting student in a UK University

I'm about to finish my BSc in Computer Science, and in September I'll start an MSc in UK. What if I don't want to waste my time during the August and September months? Would it be feasible to ask a ...
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Differences between “Polytechnic” and “Technology”?

Some universities are called Polytechnic and some other contain Technology in their name, for example the Valencia Polytechnic University (UPV) vs. the Technical University of Berlin (TUB). What are ...
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What is the difference between a college and a university?

What is the difference between an institution calling itself a "college" or a "university"? For example, take the "University College London". Is it a college? A university? Both? What does it mean?
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What does a university's acceptance rate indicate?

If the acceptance rate of a university is 90%, does that mean it accepts 90 out of every 100 students that apply? Does a university's acceptance rate indicate its quality? Most top universities have ...
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Comparison of grading systems [duplicate]

What is a good source which compares grading systems in different countries? Which also gives the equivalent of a grade in a country X to that of a country Y?
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About eligibility for the Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme

On the website of the University of Cambridge, they state the eligibility criteria for the Cambridge international scholarship scheme (CISS). One of them is: "Have a high upper-second-class ...
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What are some of the most valuable certifications in the UK? [closed]

I'm from Singapore, and still studying in tertiary school, but it's always better to plan early. I really hope to go to the UK to further my studies, but I'm really confused about the University ...
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Including my institution in a research paper

Consider this scenario: I am a student. I ask my professor about possible research grants. He suggests applying for a research grant with 3D printing. He helps me brainstorm and incubate in idea. I ...
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Converting a degree program to a non degree one

Is it possible to convert a degree program into a non degree program? For example if someone has started a degree program and is not able to complete it, or decided not to complete it, can he/she ...
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most important factors and points for writing motivation letter [closed]

Usually one of the documents that is needed for applying a position is motivation letter, I want to know which points are important for writing a effective motivation letter? If I want to apply for ...
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Since approximately 90 credit hours of science/math course work are required for med school, what are the remaining 30 hours of university for? [closed]

Can you you use your remaining 30 credit hours to work on another major or minor at the same time? If so, what majors or minors can you do?
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A professor may have stolen an idea I discussed with him: how to proceed?

I'm really not sure how to proceed from here. I'm an undergraduate Computer Science student, planning to earn my MSc in the next couple of years. A couple of weeks ago, I spoke with a professor ...
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Is it ethical for a Professor to disseminate wrong answers online?

I recently took a class where the Professor created multiple online study guides, on popular student sites, which intentionally contained the wrong answers. He did this because his exams were based ...
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Are very small departments necessarily sub-par?

This college, which I will not name here, specializes in computer-related programs, which makes its other courses, like political science, unpopular among student applicants. In one instance, the ...
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Does Hill University (USA) have legitimate accreditation?

I need to know if Hill University is accredited. Especially in the field of MBA degrees.
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Is it acceptable to ask how a professor would like to be addressed through email?

I am an undergraduate student working for a professor this summer. Up to this point, I have referred to the professor as Dr. LastName. I have met his research group; his graduate and PhD students ...
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Is it normal for a PhD program to retract or delay financial offer for international student?

I am an international student and about a week ago emailed my top-choice PI about the current status of my PhD application (top-50 university in USA). He said, that he is going to offer me a position ...
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What services would you recommend to ship belongings to graduate school beforehand?

I realize that this question is not exactly pertaining to academia but I couldn't think of anywhere else to ask this. I fully expect to get several downvotes but please be kind and move my question ...
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Can I change my field for Masters?

I just got done with my bachelors in Computer Science. After four years of CS, I realized I don't really like programming or anything to do with computers. I'd rather work for organisations which ...
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How can I best determine if a masters program is of high quality?

I'm about to start my master in mathematics next year. I'm having a lot of trouble determining how some of the options available to me compare. They are all not very wel known programs, and I don't ...
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Are Honoris Causa degree worth as much as PHD?

Lately I have seen that some people(some ex-presidents in my country and some others) have been getting the Honoris Causa degree from some universities. Some of which have never even gone to ...
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What do I need to do as a potential mature student in the UK?

Please bear with me in this question despite its length. I'm only putting so much detail in it because I want to be thorough, as this is an important subject to me. I'll explain my situation first ...
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For government / industry research posters, should I include my university's logo?

For an undergraduate putting together a research poster describing research worked on at a government lab, is it appropriate to include the undergraduate's home institution in the Acknowledgements ...
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How do universities verify qualifications?

I want to apply for an academic job in the US or UK. I am curious how the universities verify my academic degrees. Do they call/write to my home university to verify my qualifications. In my home ...
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I found a trove of Computer Science Masters thesis unprotected on a respected uni's website

I was looking for some technical documentation in relation to development of a specific piece of software, using a Google search such as "ACMESoft" "ACME_Rhino" filetype:pdf. I found a PDF hosted on ...
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Bad signs in a department for PhD

Is it a bad sign in a department if most of those who do their thesis in that department also did their undergraduate studies there and most of those who get their PhD there either are employed in ...
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Where does the US Department of Education report university graduation rates?

Where can I find the report that states the fact below, quoted in a CNN article? Only 40% of middle-class college entrants who were high school seniors in 2004 had secured bachelor's degrees by ...
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How do I convince my school to allow me to double major? [closed]

I am currently a second-semester freshman. For the last several years of my life, I've been pondering over what to choose as my major. My last two years of high school, I took university math courses, ...
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Questions to speaker per Smartphone in University lectures

I was at the MIT-Vienna-Conference and they had a pretty nice App-System (Superevent), where Questions to the Speaker could be asked per the Superevent-app, upvoted from others and finally answered by ...
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Graduate Studies in Mathematics in Canada [closed]

As the title suggests, I want to know that what are the best Universities in Canada for Graduate Studies in Pure Mathematics? In particular, what about University of Waterloo and University of British ...
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Student protest to force university to institute safety changes [closed]

A tragic event has occurred at my university where a student was killed because of negligence on the part of the university. The student body is organising a protest to force the university to amend ...