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Questions tagged [asia]

On standards or conventions specific to higher education in Asian countries, in ways that differ in structure and style from the systems in other parts of the world.

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Is being socially reclusive okay for a graduate student? [closed]

I am Ph.D student in computer science and mathematics. I have published a few research papers and working on some papers. I am an after mid-stage student and I spend almost 90 percent of my time in my ...
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Do I need to sit for TOEFL or SAT? [on hold]

I'm actually an United States citizen who has been living and being educated in Malaysia. So currently my family decided to send me back to the States to continue my future studies. Some people told ...
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How to still get something out of my masters degree - overwhelmed in lab, coursework not helpful

I am halfway through my 2 years masters now. I am doing my masters abroad in Asia and slipped into a bit of an unfortunate situation. I originally studied general science as an undergrad and during ...
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Rote learning in South East Asia

I knew from some newspapers that Taiwanese education system prefers rote memorization over creativity. This culture was imported from Japan. This problem is also present in Singapore, Hong Kong, and ...
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Is obtaining a PhD from an Asian country really a career suicide?

There is a proverb going around for a long time Doing a PhD from an Asian country is a career suicide. What is the significance of this proverb in case of Computer Science? Does this also include ...
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Is the academic job market in developing / former Eastern Bloc countries welcoming towards young foreign researchers?

Though I am at the very beginning of my PhD journey, I am somewhat disturbed by the apparent lack of tenured positions in the US and Western Europe, especially concerning the humanities. All these ...
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What would be a good research question on Nationalism? [closed]

I'm trying to find a research question on Nationalism in Taiwan, Hong Kong and PRC. I need a research question that can be supported with data readily available online. If anyone can help me that ...
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How long before PhD graduation should I start applying for academic jobs

I hope this is not a duplicate, I saw this question: How long before PhD graduation should I start applying for post-doc positions? However, I didn't find any analogous question for applying for jobs ...
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Should I hide the fact that I did a group assignment completely by myself?

Three students and I were assigned a small (~14 hours of work) group project. Because there was no effort on their side to meet and work, my e-mails regarding their progress remained unanswered and ...
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How to advertise an academic job in a small Asian country to US/European candidates?

I am a mathematician, recently returned home to Malaysia after a decade or so in the United States. I had experienced for myself the pain of the US academic job search in snagging my postdoc. Now I ...
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Reliable Asian university rankings datasets suitable for evaluating applications to a graduate program

Our (American) university has a lot of applications coming in from Asia- especially China, India, Japan and Korea. Each of these seems to follow a different grading scheme and it is hard to do ...
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How to interpret division of Korean names when citing articles?

I'm preparing bibliography using Microsoft Word's bibliography creator, which look like this: I would like to insert Korean author Won-Hwa Park. Where to put his names in the "Add name" section? What ...
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In what kind of research should I analyse its possibility, necessity and feasibility?

I'm an educational/instructional technology major in China. My supervisor asked me to analyse my thesis' possibility, necessity and feasibility which seldom have I seen in papers written by Western ...
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What are some career options for Math PhDs who want to work in non-Western countries (e.g. Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Africa)?

I am about to enter a PhD program, and I am very interested in learning about opportunities that allow me to go abroad after I finish. During my undergraduate career, I studied in China for a year, ...
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Can authors from certain origins really not know about the gravity of plagiarism?

With respect to some cultures, in particular Asian ones, one often hears statements such as the following: In this country, copying is regarded as flattery and thus people do not know the evils of ...
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Are there any professors with PhDs in Humanities from Asian Universities working outside of Asia?

tl;dr: "Are there any professors in Humanities working in North America or Europe who have recieved their PhDs from a University in Asia (Japan in particular)?" (I'm specifically interested in Asian ...
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Can a related paper cover the non-thesis master disadvantages for applying for a PhD?

I am a MS student in computer science. I have the opportunity to work on the area A than I don't enjoy so much and the adviser is not helpful, but I guess that I will publish good papers if I work on ...
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“Excellent foreign scholar” from Chinese National Science Foundation

I am reading a colleague's CV which lists an "Excellent Foreign Scholar" scholarship from the National Science Foundation of China. I am not familiar with this program, nor is google particularly ...
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How common are 'monitors' (class leaders)?

I have found that in Asian universities, there is a concept I am unfamiliar with: The monitor. The monitor here is not someone who monitors but rather one student, usually elected by the other ...
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Gamification in Asian Classrooms

I've been thinking about how to improve attendance in my classes as well as how to get my students do the expected work outside of class. I've tried a lot of sticks but the weak students care very ...
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Is it appropriate to bring some kind of gift for a host professor?

I'll be doing an Internship in USA the following week, in UCLA. I'm studying in Japan, where you should bring some kind of gift to your host professor, if nothing, for his/her kindness for accepting ...