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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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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 ...
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What is the typical flow chart for college mathematics courses?

I know that college mathematics typically start at Calculus I (Differential Calculus) and then Calculus II (Integral Calculus). Then after Calc II, it starts to branch off a little. One option after ...
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Should I take a Certificate for University Teaching while doing a postdoc?

I have just gotten a 2.5 year postdoctoral fellowship (philosophy) to do my own research project at a University (I am connected to a relevant research group and professor, but basically the project ...
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When is it acceptable to report classmates who cheat on an exam? [duplicate]

So for one of my computer science classes, we have a WhatsApp chat among all students in the class to network and help each other out with questions regarding homework, or if we have any confusion on ...
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Professor Isn't Teaching the Course we Signed up for

Okay, so it is kind of a weird situation and we don't know what to do. The situation is this: I am currently doing a math major and some of courses have two different (but equivalent) options -- ...
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How should bathroom breaks be handled during written exams to avoid cheating?

It seems to me that it is impossible to prevent cheating (as in: communicating and getting help from outside) if one allows students to use the restroom during written classroom tests. Excluding ...
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Vacation Days of Assistant Professor in Canada [closed]

I may apply for an Assistant Professor (AP) position at York University in Toronto, Canada. Since I live in Europe, I would like to know how many vacation days are available in this position. For ...
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Am I obliged to answer student queries that can readily be answered by reading the syllabus? [closed]

I maintain an email group for my class where the reading list and other course materials are made available to the students. Despite sharing all relevant information with them, I still have students ...
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What is the difference between “Hochschule” and “Universität/Technische Universität”, especially for master degrees?

I am really confused by the difference between Hochschule (university of applied sciences) and (Technische) Universität ((technical) university) in Germany, especially with respect to the master’s ...
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Is it worth applying for a job to community colleges in the US as a foreigner (no visa)? [closed]

Would a small college (e.g., community college) in the US be interested in employing some PhD graduate (as an instructor) that does not already have a visa? Would they bother do the bureaucratic work ...
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How is the PhDs' (in Logics in Math) employment rate? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student who is majored in Math now. I plan to continue my phD degree in Logics in Math. My ultimate job plan is to be professor (I know instructor first). So I really want to ...
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Student number indicates when you started – what to do about the ensuing prejudice?

I come from a university where the first two digits of your student number represents when you started in the university. As such people often use this to judge age, whether the person is repeating or ...
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What is the point of being the head of the department?

What is the point of being the head of the department ? I'm an undergraduate Physics & Mathematics student and I want to stay in academia, do research and also teach. I'm assuming professors also ...
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Are professors at a public university in the U.S. considered to be “employed by the U.S. government”?

Also, is a grad student who is being funded by an NSF grant considered to be "employed by the U.S. government"? I ask because I'm submitting a paper, and I have to state whether or not all authors ...
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How to introduce myself briefly in a get together for new faculty members?

For the new faculty orientation, there is a get together where they will ask every new faculty member of all departments to say a few words about him/her self. What are the best practices regarding ...
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How to find out the tier of a university in the USA?

How I can find out the tier of a university? Is it available in any website or report? If yes, what is the link? I tried to find out the list and I got some pages which says how the universities are ...
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Master of Engineering vs Master of Science?

I am a Final Year Mechanical Engineering student. I want to do my Masters in the Design Engineering field. Currently I can see 2 options: Master of Science - offered in many Universities ex: ...
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What types of administrative jobs can a faculty member get?

I am a professor of physics and just moved to the UK with my wife, who is British. I anticipate that it will take a year or so to find a faculty position matching my field of expertise. To avoid being ...
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How to type a foreign language author name with special characters?

How do you cite (in APA) the authors last name when it is a foreign language with special unknown characters that can't be identified by most word processors.
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highly technical skills: is it possible for uni staff to provide these skills for a thesis or must you teach your self? [closed]

Note, by highly technical skills I mean anything that isn't directly taught by your course (i.e. programming/coding, use of specialist lab equipment, mathematical expertise) I am student of Earth ...
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White supremacists marching at the University of Virginia – does this reflect the university’s attitude?

White supremacist groups have been marching down in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the University of Virginia (article). Does this also in some ways reflect on the university itself for allowing the ...
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Writing a “recommendation letter” for a supervisor from a student?

As a thank you to my thesis supervisor, I would like to write some sort of letter expressing my gratitude for the work he has done for me. I was wondering if students ever write letters in such a way ...
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Tattoos in academia..and CV [duplicate]

When applying for a job in academia, shall people specify in the CV if they have got visible tattoos?
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Studying at university [closed]

How do I get the motivation to study for a test for university? I was a high achiever in high school but I just don't feel motivated to study.
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PhD in Comparative Literature: how much does the University's pedigree matter compared to opportunties for collaboration?

I received an unconditional offer from two universities: one in UK, the other in a little country of Northern Europe. As I am uncertain about where to go, I would like to ask your opinion. On the one ...
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Is there a chance for a new university in another country to accept my passed courses/classes? [closed]

I'm looking to transfer to another university in another country - University of Geneva. Is there a chance that they will accept my passed classes in homeland university as all/most of my classes are ...
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How to remove gender bias from an academic job search?

I overheard some professors discussing the next round of hiring at my university and several were concerned about gender bias possibly playing an issue in the hiring process. An initial thought is to ...
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Tips for purchasing food and drink for a talk

Can people who hosted talks at your university provide some tips on purchasing food and drink for the event? We have a visitor from another American university and I am tasked with buying "food and ...
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Can a university prevent me from choosing any elective module (subject)? [closed]

I am a student in an Irish university and I will be going into my fourth year in September. My problem is that I would like to apply for a MSc programme, for which one of the requirements is previous ...
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Are there other cities in the world like Boston where a large number of good postsecondary institutions are located? [closed]

The really unusual thing about the greater Boston area is that so many and such good postsecondary institutions are crowded into that area. Harvard, M.I.T., Tufts, Brandeis, and others. Is Boston ...
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Is a professor obligated to provide feedback on an assignment?

I have recently completed a course where a very large assignment was handed in just before the exam. After the course finished, we were never given feedback on this assignment. I am very frustrated ...
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Can i go to university without finished high school? [closed]

I wasn't sure if this would be off-topic or not. Basically i have half finished high school here in Slovenia, it's slightly different here, i went to 3+2 program. I have finished 3 years but i don't ...
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I had a rough first year in undergrad— what now? [closed]

I think I'm off to a poor start to my undergraduate career. Some context: my major is Materials Science and Nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego. I'm on the BS/MS track for 2020....
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Will you be expelled if you commit a crime as a student in the UK?

I initially thought this was off-topic but StrongBad told me this is not, so thank you. A friend of mine has been a victim of fraud by someone at an university. This was investigated by the police ...
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Is it the denomination of the PhD course very important?

I received an unconditional offer for a PhD from two different universities. The first from a famous Department of English. The second from an average Department of Comparative Literature. (I have an ...
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Which PhD program should I choose, a top three program without any guarantee of funding or a top 50 with full funding? [closed]

Prospective advisor and project are allocated for each program. They are equally interesting and close to my interest. They are located in beautiful cities. I can become a tutor to cover part of my ...
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How to refer to an Academic, NGO and private partnership organization?

What would you call an umbrella organization that unites a university faculty, an extra-academic non-profit research center, and a NGO? These organizations plan to pool resources to facilitate ...
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Doing two PhDs one from Electrical Engineering and other from Theoretical Physics [duplicate]

I am currently doing MPhil degree in Electrical Engineering (Sensors & Robotics). I did my bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering as well. I have real motivation and love to do research on ...
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How to make tutorials more interesting

As a student, and as a tutor, I have found that tutorials for liberal arts subjects (in university) can be a bore. As a student, in large courses you mightn't know anyone in your class, you mightn't ...
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How to prepare for first year university after college diploma? [closed]

This will be my first year attending university after obtaining an advanced diploma from a local college. I will be going into first year Computer Science in September and graduated this year with a ...
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Indian CGPA to US GPA system [duplicate]

I study in India and in here we have 10 pointer system. I wanted to convert my CGPA to american based GPA system of 4. I googled and got this website. So does that mean I need only >8.5 to get a 4. ...
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Any advice on the Erasmus experience

What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking an Erasmus exchange semester abroad, and will it have an effect when it comes to finding a job?
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Are there any academic institutions operating on bodies of water? [closed]

Are there any (accredited/recognized) academic institutions with a significant part of their activities - administrative and academic - held over a body of water (sea, lake or river), on some floating ...
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Can a college or university withhold your degree for non payment and change your degree?

Just to explain my question a little bit. I know that if you owe the school money they are allowed to withhold your diploma and transcripts. My real question is if this is the situation and the ...
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Are non-Western University PhD's really frowned upon?

I am completing my master's by thesis this year at a small university in the West. I would really like to pursue my PhD (Maths/Stats) in Hong Kong, but I've been told by my supervisor and others that ...