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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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I was caught cheating on my university GE exam

I got caught cheating on my university GE exam, and I am afraid suspension, I know I was wrong, should I just email prof to said I sorry and you can give me 0 in this exam or other advance to me that ...
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Breach a Hiwi (TA) contract

I'm a Master's student at one of the TUs (Technical Universities) in Germany. I have been working as a hiwi ("Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft", or Teaching Assistant) under a PhD for the past one year. ...
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What exactly happens when a department head is contacted about a specific instructor in a specific course?

Related, but not what I'm getting at In one of my courses at a University, I overheard some of my classmates talking before a very difficult test (we knew it was going to be hard beforehand based ...
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What's a realistic workload per blackboard hour for teachers during the semester?

There is this excellent thread about teaching workloads across the world on Academia SE: Is 100 hours per year of teaching a heavy load for a lecturer? I would now like to continue this discussion ...
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Why do some universities not allow dissertations to be publicly available?

After reading a comment (now deleted) saying My university's policies does not allow me to share my thesis PDF file completely. I was wondering why some universities do not allow dissertations to ...
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What to do when the professor does not stand up to cheating? [closed]

I was the teaching assistant (TA) for a very introductory physics course at a large state university. In the course of grading for this class, I came to learn that my university used the same course ...
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Contacting a Professor for a PhD in the US (Engineering)

I am new around here so go easy on me :) this question is directed at anyone with experience with graduate studies in the US. A little background information about myself: I am wrapping my up my M.Sc....
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What is the real benefit of tenured positions for universities?

People are interested in tenured positions to have a secured job, as they do not need to worry about their contracts. Tenured position gives a professor security that s/he cannot get fired easily (e.g....
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Is it typical to not list class instructors during undergraduate enrollment?

Enrollment for undergraduate students has just started at my university. Perusing the classes for my department though, only a couple of the dozens of classes being offered have an instructor ...
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What is or should be the meaning of a “grade”? [closed]

What is or should be the purpose of a "grade"? I am going to be entering into TAing and grading students and this is a concept that I still can't wrap my head around. It still amazes me that this ...
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What is the use and importance of recommendation letters?

In my country recommendation letters to enter the equivalent to an MBA or PHD are just a suggestion, not necessarily, and/or irrelevant. In some cases they are shunned because they are considered ...
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How is it possible to do a master's and PhD program at the same time?

I was browsing through Academia SE and found this question. To save you from reading the whole thing, here is what confused me: the person who asked a question is in Master program at university, ...
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What did Peano meant by “R. Universitate”?

In a book written by Giuseppe Peano, it is written "Prof in R. Universitate de Torino" i.e. "Prof in R. University of Turin". I guess "R" stands for "royal" but I have no proof of that.
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What is the best way to express my condolence to a professor?

I am a Ph.D student at the university. Every student has a favourite professor same as mine. I really care about and our student-teacher relationship growing stronger day by day. My professor really ...
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How to judge the quality of education of an art school?

I know that most question in this community refer to (natural or engineering) sciences. This question is concerned with the quality of higher education in the field of arts though, I hope it is on ...
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Would the professor leave the classroom if only 1 student uses their cellphone during class? [closed]

I’m a college student. My class has only 40 students. My professor left the classroom before class ended because, like he said, too many students were using phones while he was talking. It was not ...
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I dropped out of college a decade ago. How do I finish my graduation now? [Pune, India]

I was a student of Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) - Computer Engineering, from 2007 to 2010 in Pune, India in MIT AOE - Maharashtra Institute of Technology Academy of Engineering - http://www.mitaoe....
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positioning yourself for research positions after graduating from a PhD in a different country

I asked this on Reddit also but didn't get any responses so I am trying here. I am a first year PhD student thinking about how I can start to better position myself to get a research position after ...
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Searching for remotely working industrial Scholarship For university department Students [closed]

I am biomedical Engineering student and CEO(chief executive officer) member of one new Medical device manufacturing Company (from third world countries), we have here many Students with no specific ...
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How to tackle interviews trying to leave a recent lab

Both me and my current PI agree that I am not a good fit for the lab I joined 1 month ago. I have good recommendations from my previous PI from grad school, How do I tackle interviews and job ...
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What happens if a department runs out of space? [closed]

I'm curious what happens if a department runs out of space - e.g. they are expanding, but they don't have enough rooms for their faculty, postdocs, visitors, etc. It's presumably possible to squeeze a ...
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PhD application to Austrian University

I have a master's degree and I would like to study for a doctorate in Austrian universities and among the questions that are in the application is "Where do you want to carry out your project ? (...
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How to address a professor in letter?

When writing letter to an academic professor (not necessarily from student to professor), what is the appropriate way to address his/her title? I have seen in letters using Dear Prof. X even when ...
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How to arrange sabbatical leave?

Sabbatical leave is very common as it is nice to spend a year as a visiting professor in another university and experience a new environment. It is very beneficial for the host university to have ...
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LetterHead for LOR

I am applying for Graduate school in US. I have 2 years working experience and i have 3 people ready from my company to provide me the letter of recommendation but as a whole the company will provide ...
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What sets “top” universities apart from “mediocre” universities in continental europe?

Every year rankings are published that list Oxford, Stanford and the like at the top, while many(most?) universities in continental europe share ranks well beyond 100. I myself am a Phd student at a ...
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Are European schools experiencing the same cost raise as American schools?

After factoring in government subsidies (or lack thereof), is the total price for one year of undergraduate education in Europe increasing at a rate similar to America?
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Part-time UK lecturer - how much admin and what counts?

Can anyone give me a guide to how much admin a part-time university lecturer should be doing. My employer is so very vague and I have no idea if I'm doing too much, or if I can just say no. It seems ...
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What does it take to be a researcher/professor at a top, top university?

I'm just an undergrad, so I'm not really asking this question for myself. This comes more from general curiosity. I know/know of several people who did PhDs from top universities (e.g. Princeton, MIT, ...
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Why did it become so much more expensive to start a university?

In 1873, Johns Hopkins University was started with an inflation-adjusted $144.5 million. In 1884, Stanford University began with an inflation-adjusted $139 million. Meanwhile, in 2009, KAUST was ...
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What's the proper way to (APA) reference a settlement agreement?

I want to reference an exhibit from the following document (it's been split into separate parts): Exhibits: https://targetbreachsettlement.com/Portals/0/Documents/Settlement%20Agreement%20Exhibits....
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Efficient way to determine potentially good AI research groups in mainland Europe

So I want to go about and compare different research groups for their standing, their potential for an exciting and fruitful environment etc. My field is Software Engineering with a heavy tendency ...
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Does FERPA require parental notification of disability assessment?

There are significant barriers asking and negotiating disability supports and accommodation at a college/higher education level. There is also a lack of awareness and education of the rules and ...
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Do universities maintain secret textbooks?

Textbooks are highly important resources for course work as well as for research work. Some textbooks are freely available over internet. Some textbooks can be purchased. Is it true that there ...
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Invitation to visit university for PhD

Recently, I have been interviewed for swedish phd and I have gone through several skype interviews and writing task. They have send me an email that I am a strong candidate. Now they are asking for ...
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Are there any institutes removing teachers based on less performance in publications? [closed]

Consider the four cadres: assistant professor, associate professor, professor and above. Are there any universities or other institutes across world in academia that removes from office permanently, ...
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Writing a master thesis in a totally new field?

One year ago I started an interdisciplinary master programme. It is now time to choose my master thesis topic and the one I have in mind is totally unrelated to my bachelor and quite distant from my ...
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Is there something special about “City Universities” and do the municipalities somehow govern them?

There are several universities with the title "City University". Is there something special about them, is it some kind of special model of founding, governing and developing the university by the ...
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Which is better to stay in shared house or university accommodation? [closed]

I will be a postgraduate student from this Oct in UK and looking for accommodation. I would like to know pros and cons of shared house and accommodation provided by the University. Thank you in ...
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What are these mathematical groups in U.S. universities?

I have just finished my bachelor degree and I will be entering a PhD program in mathematics. On the home page at my schools (and others) I have seen that there are various groups, composed of teachers ...
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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 (I'...
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Do American Christian Universities and Colleges offer as high quality education as other countries?

I'm asking specifically about Science courses. The Kurt Wise case does not reflect on Harvard though it's a Christian University, I understand that. He rejected it because he was convinced geology ...
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What is the proper designation for someone who has not finished their master's degree?

If a person has completed their course work but has not submitted their dissertation or capstone project. what can you call them if they are teaching a class or course at an academic institution?
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Interview question

I have a question regarding an interview at a university. The candidates are asked to prepare a presentation on the topic of 'How will you contribute to the teaching, learning, and research in the ...
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PhD or postdoc salary in Denmark according to the cost of living. Is it OK?

I´d like to know if the average salary for a PostDoc and a PhD student is sufficient for a middle income expectations in Denmark. What I mean for middle income is for the two of us (1 PostDoc and 1 ...
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Doing research in academia and not liking competition

In short: is it possible to do research in academia (starting from a PhD position up to being a professor) while not liking competition? I was an athlete in high school and I left because I was not ...
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Can a degree be revoked for minor misconduct? [duplicate]

I was wondering how possible it would be that, after graduating, the university would investigate a minor misconduct during college. By minor I mean, if found guilty the worst punishment would be / ...
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Is there an equivalent in another country of the French “CIFRE”?

A "CIFRE" in French is another type of doctorate where the French government helps to fund a company to hire a doctorand. There are several differences between a CIFRE and a "doctorat" in France, or ...
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Should I cheat if the majority does it?

I'm taking the last and hardest exams of my master degree. During the exams we aren't allowed to use anything else but our brain. Cheating is pretty easy though: one has the lecture notes and all the ...
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In the upper echelon of universities, is it the case that international students generally perform better than local ones?

This question is aimed at undergraduate level, since postgraduate students are more mobile. By "upper echelon" I mean those that are, say, in the top 200 universities in the world (presumably there ...