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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Which university uses or used this academic regalia?

Given information about academic regalia such as colour and style of graduation robes, how can I determine the university that used that regalia? I have the photo below, and would like to find out ...
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Should PTAs be allowed to mark exam scripts? [closed]

PTA - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Because I love information (I'm at university, right?), I was looking through some manifestos of my department, and came across a proposal to allow PTAs to mark ...
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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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Postdocs (Bioinformatics/NGS data science) from university of Toronto get Salary or stipend [closed]

I am bit puzzled, regarding the payment made to postdocs in Canada. I am a PhD and in my first postdoc (Europe). For my next assignment, I am in my final stages of negotiating a position of postdoc at ...
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Should I mention my university name when publishing a paper if I'm tenured teacher but not researcher?

I'm teacher in a French university (I don't know if the right english term is 'tenured', I mean I'm hired permanently in this university, not temporarily), but I don't have any research role and I'm ...
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Is it widely followed that only some parts of academic books are taught to undergraduates?

I'm an undergraduate student studying psychology using English language in a non-English speaking country. I'm graduating soon, and I'm applying for master programs. We mostly use McGraw Hill ...
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How does average profile of person that got accepted into top university look like? [closed]

I define top university as Harvard, Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Caltech, Yale and similar. If relevant, I am talking about computer science field. I am interested in all levels - bachelor, ...
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“Upgrading” PhD

I have recently read many questions about doing a second PhD and (to my surprise) most people consider it a bad move. Also - it looks like some universities (for example Berkeley) even have formal ...
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How to get a second Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field? [closed]

I was studying journalism in my country, but I realised it's not for me at all. I kind of had to apply there because there aren't really any good schools in things I was interested in. I was thinking ...
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How do I ask a professor to recommend me to another professor to hire me as a teaching assistant?

I have been admitted into a college in the US for a master's program. I am applying for TA positions under various professors because TAs get tuition benefits. One of the professors who taught me as ...
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How does being in academia help researchers [duplicate]

I have read about many great researchers in various fields who were not involved in academia throughout their lives. Some were involved in academia only part of their life, but almost invariably, ...
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Is endowing a professorship less effective in a lower-ranked university than in a higher-ranked one?

This is a follow-up question to What does it take for a lower-ranked university to compete with a top-ranked one?. Wolfgang Bangerth's answer says that "Faculty will generally only go to places where ...
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To what extent is Linux prevalent in University maths departments? [closed]

To what extent is Linux prevelant in University maths departments? I understand that distributions such as Scientific Linux and Fedora are quite popular, but I don't know whether this means 5% or 50% ...
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Received a less-than-great grade due to bad instructions. Should I appeal?

Last week, I did a computer lab for a class. At the end of the instructions was a script that would verify that everything in the lab was done correctly. At the end of the lab, I knew I had done ...
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Asking a prof to change my grade [closed]

I got a B- in my biology course this semester and the day I received this grade I checked my requirements for a specific course I want to take next year and it said the minimum requirement was a B-. ...
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What does it take for a lower-ranked university to compete with a top-ranked one?

Let's take the Times Higher Education world rankings. Oxford is first, and the University of Bonn is 100th. (Nothing special about the THE - I just used it to pick examples of a top-ranked university ...
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How to reduce the distance between academics and students? [closed]

While this may appear a quite open-ended question I think it is quite pertinent for a large number of subjects. Considering undergraduate classes, particularly for students who are coming straight ...
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How does the college course 101 numbering system work?

I'm not an American, but I know that the number 101, often used postpositively, is used to mean fundamentals/rudiments of a particular scholarly subject. I know (partially as a hunch but I also looked ...
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How to establish partnerships with a university

As a young assistant professor in civil engineering, i was tasked with building a new education program that leads to a masters degree in engineering. In order to offer the future students of this ...
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Can a university provide information about a student's activities?

In the United States, if anyone, be it a relative, a colleague, potential employer, or colleague, requests to the pertinent department, in the university I study/ied in, certain information about ...
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If the class average is too low, do profs usually curve or adjust the grading scale? [closed]

My prof for my first year anthropology class is new, and I'm having trouble understanding her marking scheme. Here is the distribution of our class grades: Exam 1: Median 62%, Top 75% got above 47%,...
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What is H18 (Canada)?

I'm currently doing university level continuing education in Quebec, Canada. As part of my degree, I want to do some courses from another university online. I've talked to my chairperson, and he ...
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How common is flipped classroom type teaching?

Flipped classroom teaching has become gradually more popular and studies show that the effectiveness of learning is better than in traditional lecture type courses. I've tried to give feedback to my ...
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Lie or try to explain reason of my absence during classes?

I have a difficult situation about limit of absences during classes in my university. The teacher of one subject made a rule that 3 absences with disrespectful reason during the course leads to fail ...
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Acceptable to do significant work on PhD before officially starting? [duplicate]

This question concerns PhD programs that, unlike most U.S. programs, don't start with a 2 year coursework program. That is, programs where you're expected to do a 2 year master before the PhD and then ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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