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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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My university is forcing me to take required classes at a different campus, which will be very expensive to me. Do I have any recourse?

I am a 4th year undergraduate physics major. At the beginning of my college career, I made a spreadsheet showing which classes I would take each semester. My advisor told me every semester that the ...
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Comprehensive document on the history of the university system

As an aspiring academic, I have been thinking a lot about why I want to be a university faculty, what my job is as a graduate student, and what role the academic community serves in the society-at-...
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How to organize a social visit to a department?

I'm going to a foreign city to meet a friend, and while I'm there I figure I might as well visit the local university and talk to the researchers in my field (astronomy) to find out more about what ...
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How did the rise in fees for UK universities change the way things function?

Tuition fees for UK universities rose to £9,000 a year for the 2012–13 academic year (not in Scotland for Scottish or EU students). Other than meaning students had a larger debt to pay back to the ...
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Can I continue studying in Germany/sweden after a few semesters elsewhere?

I am a second year architecture student at the University of Aleppo. I will start the third year soon. I decided to continue studying abroad, so my question is: can I continue my studies in Germany or ...
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Why there are so few south americans working extensively at NA/EU unis?

May seem obvious, but don't strike me as such. I'm a undergrad physics student at University of Campinas, in Brazil. From what I took out of my professors, I noted that most, if not all, of them did ...
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College policy change after grant awarded

What recourse is there to a faculty member if the university changes its policy after a grant has been awarded? I am a tenured professor and recently won a prestigious research grant. For years, my ...
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Professor posting videos of his lectures online. Allowed? [closed]

Suppose I am a Professor working for a reputed university. Am I allowed (by the university) to make teaching videos of my courses at home and publish them on a platform like YouTube or somewhere else ...
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Should I accept offers from universities in two different countries to account for any possible uncertainties in getting visas?

I’ve received an offer letter for B.Sc Computer Science from San Francisco State University (CA, USA) and Wilfrid Laurier University (ON, Canada). After accepting the offer letter from SFSU, I also ...
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What departments in a university could want a volunteer pure math alumni during the summer?

I am looking for academic opportunities in the summer. Tomorrow I am going in person to ask professors in the math department. An engineering PhD candidate told me that there may be other departments ...
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Composition of academic faculty over time: Fixed-term/freelancer vs regular/tenured

A friend of mine, who's still in academia but not in academia-studies, asked me for help in understanding the prevalence of non-regular employment of faculty in universities over time. It's been a ...
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How can I deal with students that are too sensitive when they are wrong? Particularly when they answer simple questions incorrectly during class?

I am an instructor in a STEM field. I am teaching an upper-division course where I try to interact with the students rather than just lecturing. I am teaching in the students' native language; there ...
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Dual job within German university with 25% contract

If someone currently working 100% with employer 1 in a public job. Is it possible to get employed by a university or public organisation (employer 2) with 25% or 35% contract after having a Master's ...
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Who owns private non-profit universities?

Who owns (US) private non-profit universities ? I understand that being non-profit means that no one receives dividends. However does it mean that no one owns a private non-profit university? Can ...
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Am I making a mistake by going to a "mid-tier" program?

I work in industry. I applied to a good mid-tier biochemistry PhD program and was accepted. College buddies, who are now grad students at prestigious programs are advising me to break my word/signed ...
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Likeliness of getting University posts outside India when you started doing PhD at 35 in Mathematics

I need to tell you somewhat about myself first so that you people can better understand my situation. I did intermediate in 2005, then I did nothing until 2018 (bipolar disorder), but I recovered and ...
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From these two options, which one is better toward becoming a Professor in a high-ranking university? [duplicate]

Let's say you've just finished your PhD.(EECS), your ultimate goal is to become a Professor from any high-ranking University (world top 100). You are presented with two main options. Option 1: ...
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Why are exercises in US university classes graded?

I have been wondering a while why many universities in the US have graded homework in the STEM field. I completely understand the grading for mid-term exames or final exams. In those exams you have to ...
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How does one appropriately navigate the situation of having a lot of prior knowledge before applying to university + courses not on main interests?

I am new here (but have been around MSE for some time). Generally on the mathematics stack exchange it's considered inappropriate to ask for personal advice but I see many such posts on this stack, so ...
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Assistant Professor position at a VERY low rank University or a Postdoc at VERY high rank University? (Please advice) [closed]

I'm about to finish my PhD (last semester) . at a top 100 university in the world. The University is located in Asia, but I'm not from Asia. I have made some applications for Postdocs and Faculty ...
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What is the best way to confront students that I believe are cheating?

I have a very strong suspicion that a final written exam of a student was written by another student of mine. The style, the wording, even font, etc. are just way too similar to be random. I am ...
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How much would being at a top university at my country help in hypothetically getting into a good US/Europe uni?

The question is pretty vague, of course. But what I'm trying to get is if that has some influence at all. To put it into perspective: I'm a Physics undergrad student at University of Campinas, which ...
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Visiting lectures in German Universities

I want to know whether I can visit lectures in German universities as a listener (without being enrolled at the uni). For example, I wish to study in Heidelberg University but want to talk to the ...
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A potentially trans student is misgendered in university records. What should I do?

I have noticed* that an undergrad student in a course I teach has "female" written in the "gender" field in the university intranet database (used for course enrollment, grading, ...
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How do I know which universities in Germany have higher external research funding?

How can I know which universities receive greater investment from industry for research purposes? My major is Computer Science or Informatik, and specifically need this data for Germany. I am going ...
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Is 600 hours of teaching per year a lot in Germany? What does it look like?

As a professor at a university of applied science in Germany, is 600 hours of teaching considered a lot? What does it look like? The job description says: Die Arbeitszeit beträgt grundsätzlich 40 ...
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A better method than essays to measure diversity, inclusion, and equity?

I have been invited to join a scholarship/grant committee for supporting university early career researchers (ECRs). One of the aims of the panel is to implement diversity, inclusion, and equity ...
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PhD: Letters of recommendation from foreign professors

My partner was born outside the U.S. and received their degree from a foreign university. My partner is now living and working in the United States. They have begun to apply to various Ph.D. programs, ...
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Reaching out to Prospective Advisor

I am admitted to a UK university for my PhD and I am supposed to submit a proposal for the PhD topic. I reached out to a professor and he responded saying that he is interested in discussing it ...
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Which are the main funding routes for university research in chemistry in Switzerland?

I was wondering where university group leaders in Switzerland obtain funding from other than the Swiss National Science Foundation now that ERC grants are out of reach for this country.
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Career Development plan for university position

Certain academic job ads at the university request a Career Development Plan document. I have never heard about this. What should a document like this contain?
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Can age limit be an issue for postdoc in China? [duplicate]

I have got post doc position in China a year back when I was 34. Due to Covid situations, my permit expired before and now lab fellow is planning again to apply for work permit but my age is 35 now. ...
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Can I transfer to a university in Europe from Turkey?

Currently, I am studying at METU (ODTÜ) Computer Engineering/Science, Bachelor's Degree. I am not happy with the situation here. My department is ABET-accredited, but I am a non-EU citizen. Is it ...
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Should I change college to have a better undergraduate foundation? [closed]

I am 21 and I study Electronics Engineering. I am at the end of my third year, and I realised where I wanted to put my focus in my graduate studies. What fascinated me the most about EE is the physics ...
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How can French University (Master Coordinator) approve full-time internship that overlaps with classes for M1 student

I'm Currently a non-EU holding a Master degree in Physics and accumulating almost 2ys. of work experience. Getting closer to the EU market is hard; I was "brought" to France via a ...
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Academic misconduct [closed]

My professor sent out an email saying he had evidence of me cheating in a Physics class. Exam was done on gradescope. And I don’t really know what evidence he has. He is requesting a zoom meeting with ...
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Could I work at a university in a Spanish-speaking country if I'm not fluent in Spanish? (Rhetoric & Writing / English)

I'm working on my PhD in Rhetoric & Writing (Dept of English) in the US. I am also a writer with enough qualifications to teach creative writing at a US university. I speak enough Spanish to get ...
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How to reapply for another PhD program after quitting existing PhD?

I am in 4 semester of my PhD program. The moment I joined the XYZ University, I was not that much happy with the lab, supervision, system, environment. Then, the pandemic happened. On and off I tried ...
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Does topic of Bachelor's dissertation matter when looking for a job?

I had to choose my dissertation topic, but due to some technical problems the wrong choice was selected. I wanted to know how much will it affect when I'm looking for a job. My major is accounting and ...
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How does extra time for disability apply to take home University essays, lab reports, etc. that are scheduled ahead of time? [closed]

Timed exams are a large part of university courses' curriculum and grades but another part is work that is assigned to be done outside of class on the student's own time. Could be scientific lab ...
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What is the term for managing programs and their relationship with students within a university? [closed]

I'm developing a web application to help conduct assessments for a college. I have several components in the application: Component Description Content Deals with the management of the content (...
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Advice on pursuing higher education after working for 7 years

I completed bachelors in Mechanical engineering in 2013 and have been working since Jan 2014. My current job as a 'manufacturing engineer' is a non-technical back office job (because I'm from India ...
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What is "Residency (Tuition) Claim" in the US universities?

I am an international student and applying for Ph.D. in a university in the US. The application portal is prompting me to select (Yes/No) the "Residency (Tuition) Claim" of that state. It is ...
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Engineering Masters vs an Engineering double degree

I'm currently trying to figure out what I want to do next year in Uni and I've come up with two options that both interest me. And just for further information, I am Australian, just in case that may ...
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Can I ask to see my referee's reference letter through The Data Protection Act (DPA)?

I am in the position where I applied for a job in my current institution and did not get the position. I think one of my referees may have provided a negative reference. I know that Universities (or ...
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Is there any rule in US that prohibits recruiting as faculty the students studied in the same university/institution?

There is a phenomenon in my country. I am not judging whether it is correct or not because of my ignorance on it. My honest opinion, as per my current knowledge, is that the phenomenon is bad as whole....
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Is there an analogue to the Open University in Italy?

Is there an analogue to the Open University in Italy? By that, I mean a respected public distance-learning university with few/no access barriers. Another institution of this type would be the "...
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Is it plagiarism if you copy the structure of an assessment? [duplicate]

I have a group research proposal assessment at my university, and my friend had previously completed the subject, so he gave me his assessment as guidance for how the proposal should look. His group ...
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What are the procedures for a high school graduate to only do exams at university for upper division courses, graduate and become a PhD candidate? [closed]

Suppose that a high school student has mastered physics and math subjects taught at university at the level expected for a graduate student. The student has done research in collaboration with a ...
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Is working from home a sustainable model for PhD students and academia as a whole? [closed]

I suppose it has its advantages but I’m really starting to struggle with the lack of social contact that working from home entails. I’d very much like my university to start considering options for a ...
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