Questions tagged [university]

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How much reputational value is added to a journal by being indexed in various abstracting and indexing (A&I) databases?

I'm co-editing a small communication and media-focused OA journal published by a regional scholarly association. We are in the process of being indexed in selected research databases of EBSCO (just ...
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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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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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My professor gave me a bad grade and wouldn't discuss it further, I think some prejudice may be involved. How should a student proceed?

Background: I was a senior at a very prestigious, high-ranking university in the US. At the time my GPA was around a 3.9 and had never had any issues with professors (and actually socialized with a ...
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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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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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Is there an association for academic managers?

I there an international society/association for building a community of academic managers (such as department heads, deans, etc)? I found Association of University Administrators, but it is for ...
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What academic discipline does “Productivity Science” come under?

I wish to categorise my large collection of electronic documents. I need a foolproof set of categories to put each document in. I want to use a classification system similar to how university schools ...
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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? [duplicate]

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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What is “Honorary Lecturer” in the UK universities?

I was browsing some UK universities, and I was surprised by the number of 'Honorary Lecturers'. I understand a 'honorary professor' position, normally given to an outstanding scientist outside the ...
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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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Academic salaries at European universities

Is there a good source to compare academic salaries at European universities? For example, what are the salaries of full professors in different countries? I would particularly welcome a possible ...
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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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How to find possible donors?

In the US universities, many positions are endowed by donors. Is it possible/common for individual academics to directly contact possible donors with some plans? If so, how one can find possible ...
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How are trustees chosen?

I thought that trustees of a university are leading people in the region or around the country (politicians, industrial leaders, donators, etc). I accidentally saw the Board of Trustees of Princeton ...
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Is the ETH Zurich part of the University of Zurich?

I'm wondering if the ETH Zurich is part of the University of Zurich. Not only are they build close together, according to Google there are famous graduates of the ETH that are also listed as graduates ...
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What to do when professor is not responding to emails or calls and his action is required to commence a masters thesis?

I'm planning to start my master thesis soon. It will be an external thesis in a company. As this kind of thesis is not very common in German universities, I need to find a professor to supervise me ...
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Does wearing a university t-shirt imply that the wearer is affiliated with the university?

My friend studies at a very prominent university and has invited me to visit her. Coming across the university shop, I was considering buying one of the t-shirts with the university logo. I am ...
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How many external reviewers is typical for a tenure case?

If someone is on a tenure track in a science or engineering department at U.S. institution (Tier 1, if that makes the question more focused), and it is time to review his case to be tenured and ...
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Ethics of “recycling” assignments [duplicate]

I can't think of a better title, feel free to edit. I'm retaking a course at university, and the basic assessments are very similar; if I can assume that I'm studying effectively, could there be any ...
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Is it acceptable to solicit answer from university?

I have applied to a master's degree. If the first screening is successful, we are supposed to have an interview in March before the final decision. The result from the first screening were supposed ...
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What do you need to work in administration at universities?

I would like to work in administration at university and I was wondering if there is any specific course/qualification that will increase my possibilities of doing so. In particular, I was thinking ...
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Under what circumstances can the university council withhold Ph.D. degree?

This a case 28 years ago where the defense committee approved the dissertation and recommended granting the degree. The department council and the college council both approved granting the Doctoral ...
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What could be an electronic way to verify that someone is from a specific university department or university?

How could I verify that a person is a student/faculty/researcher at a specific department of any university in world? I could ask the user to verify the official email address provided by that ...
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How to explain to college that religious observance precludes me from living on campus, as required?

I am planning to attend a college that requires students to live on campus, in a coed setting. As an observant Muslim, I cannot do that. The college asked me to write a letter explaining why I cannot ...
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Why as the level of a college course goes up, is the course generally more specific and more specialized?

Why as the level of a college course goes up, is the course generally more specific and more specialized but not necessarily the easier one on the lower level, also you don't have to have the ...
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What is the official way of addressing a lecturer/tutor in an English speaking university?

What is the official way of addressing a lecturer/tutor in an English speaking university? If it helps, I will be studying in an Australian university. In my country, we would address a lecturer/...
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Am I helping my graduate students too much?

As a new university professor, I have been informally tasked with making sure the MSc students in my program are prepared for their dissertations, by prepping them in my research methods course. My ...
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Is it possible to survive in university academia without applying for grants?

I see that many professors spend all of their time applying for grants, minus a little bit of time to interact with the graduate students on their grants and a little bit of time to fulfill their ...
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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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What is the difference between research intensive vs. research extensive universities?

I keep hearing these terms being thrown around at conferences, but I'm not really sure what they really mean, if there is any difference between them.
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Are there universities or places within universities that cater specifically to shy people?

Are there universities that cater specifically to shy or reserved people? It seems like many universities have the usual social hierarchy set up of 'popular' student , 'overachievers' , 'sports-...
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Should I block my facebook account?

I am applying to a course in Quantitative Finance in a prestigious university in Europe. I am wondering if it may be the case to block my facebook account; I don't want the commission to look at my ...
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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 do you know if university is right for you?

At the secondary school I went there was an implicit sense that all students were expected to go to university. For example councillors would come into our English classes to give presentations on how ...

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