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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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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How should graduates who loathe their alma mater, answer when asked what university they attended? [closed]

My cousin had a loathsome experience at her university. In contexts (e.g. social) where answers aren't mandatory (e.g. unlike applying for the law society), how ought she answer questions asking her ...
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Did I commit plagiarism? [closed]

Okay so, in my reference page I used citation machine and when I copied and pasted it on my paper, I made sure to check everything matched with the source within my intext-citation, but. After I ...
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Flexibility (or lack of) at the Open University

I'm thinking of doing a maths degree at the Open University. This course "BSc (Honours) Mathematics" The problem is, I'm expected to do the most basic of courses, starting with "Discovering ...
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Is there a term for “PhD at a department” vs “PhD at an (independent) research institute”?

All PhD students are getting their PhD from a university (as far as I know). But some PhD students follow a PhD program that is just a standard program at their department (e.g. department of math, ...
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Why has there not been established any coherent measure of educative quality? [closed]

It seems nonsensical and backwards that university institutions can attract students by boasting with their brand value or exorbitant tuition fees rather than focusing on the actual educative quality ...
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Is it realistic to apply to a Master at MIT, Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Stanford with a Bachelor of a German Fachhochschule? [closed]

I am a 31 year old German Bachelor-student in his 5th semester in a University of Applied Sciences, studying in Business Information Systems. The total time for receiving the Bachelor is 7 semesters. ...
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Is meeting the entry requirements enough to justify applying for an MSc? [closed]

This summer, I will be graduating from the University of Leeds (BSc Mathematics) with an expected 2:1 grade. I am now looking at finance-related MSc courses. Going to a top tier London university (...
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What generally happens if a department is unable to attract students?

Say the math department used to teach 200 students, but because each year the number of students interested in math has decreased, now it only teaches 100 students. What are the usual practical ...
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What would happen if I took my professor's accusation of cheating to court? [closed]

I was caught cheating during an university exam. The professor promptly failed me for the class. If I decided to take this issue to court, claiming that the professor has no evidence of my cheating, ...
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My university changed my bachelor course. What can I do?

I'll have to excuse myself if my question sounds rant-like. I am desperate. Back in 2013, I started my 4 year (240 ECTS) bachelor course. The course I went to was ranked the best in the country (of ...
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What would my Higher National Diploma be considered in the United States?

I am currently studying my BTEC HND(Higher National Diploma) from a United Kingdom approved centre and i was planning to apply to the United States after complete this diploma. However i have no ...
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What is the difference between “not recommended” and “rejected” as outcome of a graduate program application?

I was recently told I wasnt "recommended" into a graduate program and was given a referral to another program. What exactly would it means to not get "recommended" as apposed to being rejected? And ...
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As an Australian student with a UK citizenship, can I study in the UK? [closed]

Disclaimer: I wasn't sure where to post this but I thought this was as good a place as any so sorry if this is the wrong place. I am a high school student in Queensland, Australia studying for a ...
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Failing on purpose an oral exam [closed]

I am not well enough prepared for an oral exam I will have soon. I should probably pass the exam but with a bad grade I wouldn't be happy with. This comes due to some bad time management and some ...
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Greeting potential supervisor in email [duplicate]

A potential supervisor is greeting me with "Hi" followed by my first name. How should I greet him in return? If I say "Hi" followed by "Dr." and his last name, this will look awkward. If I say "Hello" ...
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Is there a case to be made for adjusting how academic semesters are scheduled in North America? [closed]

From my limited experience, many universities in North America with two-semester (full year) type schedule has the following timeline, Semester 1: Early September - Late November (or Late August - ...
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What is the best methodology to select a major? (Diploma and academic courses)

Alright this question needs a little more context. This is not about me but I will define the situation as if it were for myself, so feel free to ask me directly for clarifications. I'm a German ...
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How is a new department born?

I can think of two possible ways in which a new department is born: one, the university decides to start teaching a certain subject, and in the other, an existing department splits into two (e.g. ...
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Thanking professor with dinner delivery [duplicate]

There is a professor who has made several reference letters for me, and I would like to thank him. However, I have some doubts as to whether it would at all be appropriate to thank him with dinner ...
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What can we do after entire class failed/barely passed?

Completed an essay worth 30% of our grade over the Xmas period and were given incredibly strict instructions (no sources other than the 10 pages given, 1200 word count, marked 50% language and grammar ...
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Why do you need to study a subject at a university level to teach it at a high school?

If you want to teach mathematics at a high school for example, then why do you need to study it at a university? You will learn new stuff, but you won't teach anything of that at a high school.
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Do people want to work in overseas branches?

As an example let's take the University of Southampton, Malaysia branch. At face level, the university opened a branch in Malaysia because it's a symbiotic relationship: the university earns more ...
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Information technology requirements and issues for academic research

I am on a committee tasked with advising my university's Information Technology office on institutional needs and issues regarding IT. They are pretty knowledgeable about how to support the ...
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How to move forward following an unpleasant situation with colleagues?

I'm a recently hired assistant professor at a small teaching university. The department head has been successful in dramatically increasing student enrollment, such that our department is viewed ...
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What are the common guidelines for writing a thesis in European and English-speaking countries? [closed]

Currently I'm a student at one of the russian universities which obviously requires me to write theses and similar academic papers in Russian. Most russian universities (and CIS unis, in my ...
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Reputation of university versus quality of work for research assistantship

I have a couple of offers for my bachelors thesis in computer science (machine learning, to be precise). The options are such that one is interesting work at a not-so-well-known institute (in my home ...
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Master 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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How can TAs encourage institution to use different administrative software

I'm teaching in a university where many different types of administrative software are used. Many seem a bit clunky and badly designed, but I'm only interested in those relating to teaching. Some of ...
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FERPA alternative for German universities

Is there anything similar to US Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that is valid for German universities, or education system of Germany in general? I mostly concerned in preserving ...
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Qualifications to be computer science undergrad TA? [closed]

so I've applied to be a teaching assistant for System Fundamentals (undergrad course) and am meeting with a Professor tomorrow. I did well in the class, but I'm not sure how "smart" one has to be in ...
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Can I work on open-source projects while being a part of an academic institution?

I'm working on a software framework with the goal of creating something that is open-source, so that the scientific community can use, understand and improve it freely. However, a little birdie told ...
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Regarding applying to another university for PhD during the first year PhD program at a top research US university

I've received my Masters from one of the best universities (may be the best actually) for my area. Moved to another top university as my professor moved. However, during this process I realized that ...
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Career advice: Post-doc away from my primary interest, or not [closed]

I'm in a need of a career advice, and I can't really think up any better to ask than all of you. There is a post-doc position within upgrading biofuel that I am almost certain to be offered. There is ...
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Failed PhD qualifying exam, must it be mentioned it in SOP? can I ask my advisor not to mentions in recommendation letter?

I failed my written PhD qualifying exam twice in Computer Science from a middle-ranked university. Instead of kicking me out, I can get a terminal master's degree. Please note that this will be my ...
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How do I ask my teacher for his honest opinion about my capabilities

I just ended my internship on bad terms. Both the company and my teachers think that my programming skills are insufficient for a passing grade. We decided to end the internship as continuing would be ...
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Reference for annual journal subscription costs paid per university?

Is there any resource that lists how much each university pay in journal subscription fees? I am mostly interested in US universities (E.g. Harvard: $3.5M/year in 2014, MIT: $4M/year in 2006 for ...
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How do I ask to draft recommendation letters for my references?

My references for my graduate program applications include an adjunct professor and an industry professional (both not very academic) and I am not sure if they really have time to invest in writing ...
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CS PhD at University of Houston ranking importance on future career [closed]

Currently a undergraduate student planning to apply for PhD programs in a year or less. I have been working with a professor at University of Houston (my current location) for almost a year on machine ...
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SOP: Talking about the university

I am writing my statement of purpose for a PhD in mathematics for various universities. I know that it is a good thing to motivate why you want to go to that university in particular, but I was ...
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Didn't pay attention to rules and created an illegal note card for exam?

For final exam in my university chemistry class, a note sheet, 8 by 11, was allowed. You could put anything on the sheet, however it was to remain 1-sided. Of all things, I forgot about the last rule, ...
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Do universities have a comprehensive reference document for all their policies and regulations?

As an organization, a university has various types of regulations (academics, disciplinary, etc), which are separately documented. Do (at least) large universities prepare a comprehensive book ...
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What action can be taken if hostel allotments are not out just after admissions are done? [closed]

I just joined a university for my post graduation studies, but as I'm from a different country, I don't have a place to stay. Therefore, I asked the hostel prefect if I can stay in a room as a paying ...
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Raw score for GRE?

I am currently completing my application for MIT, and they demand the raw scores for the GRE general and subject tests. However, on my ETS account, I only see my percentile and my scaled score. How ...
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How should university employees address student breakups (and drama in general)?

As I was writing and revising my personal statements, I overheared what was a rather nasty breakup outside of the window shortly after midnight. I know that personal relationships are not my ...
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Who is typically in charge of a typical US graduate school?

I was studying the website of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ... Obviously an impressive institution with a broad scope. But I wonder who is in charge of the operation. For example, ...
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Students with informal dress code and drinks during lectures - How to deal with it?

I have been involved in teaching in an university. However, I find the following few behaviors of students (all Undergrads) inside my classroom slightly unpleasant: In my university, some of the male ...
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Learning Style Issues

I am currently a third-year student at a U.S. liberal-arts university located abroad, and I come from a completely different educational system when it comes to taking exams. Back home in high school, ...
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pursuing PhD without relevant bachelor degree [closed]

I have a bachelor degree in Business Administration and 4 years experience in this field, however I discovered that this is not what I want to do for the rest of my life, I'm interested in Geography ...