Author: Marcin

Graduate careers – a critical perspective

Universities insist that they are providing students with the best education that is perfectly integrated with the needs of the labour market. This, in theory, should lead to 100% employability of graduates, immediately upon receiving their valuable piece of paper. Looking at the people in different subjects, each one with an ambition to become the top dog in their field, it is clear that...
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Useless degrees – who should pay for your studies?

As years in higher education pass by, I keep coming back to a notion I picked up in a book about Japan's economic miracle. The smart Japanese, intent on developing their economic might in the shortest possible amount of time, developed their higher education (public, e.g. state-owned and state-funded) to an advanced level. They had, however, one interesting attitude, which might come in handy in...
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Bujda czyli reforma emerytalna

Już nie wiem czy sie śmiać czy płakać, obserwując aktualne dyskusje medialne i bitwy polityczne toczone pomiędzy zwolennikami ZUSu, KRUSu, OFE. Jedni płaczą, inni krytykują a jeszcze inni grzmią z tej lub owej ambony (wirtualnej lub nie). Obywatel i tak ma wszystko głęboko, ponieważ nie widzi związku pomiędzy pieniędzmi zabieranymi mu dzisiaj a hipotetycznymi dochodami...
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Głupi student

Głupi student - niedawna zadyma medialna ze studentem wściekającym się o zadawane pytania na obronie, spowodowała ogólnopolską histerię nt. edukacji młodego pokolenia. Niewiele osób zauważyło, że uniwersytety są ofiarami wieloletniego procesu (nie)edukacji, jaki uskuteczniają szkoły podstawowe i średnie. Współcześni wykładowcy dostają do obrobienia towar wybrakowany,...
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Education level commonality

Continuing the pessimistic thoughts about an absolute lack of education level commonality between nations of diverse social, economic, educational and ethical standards, it makes sense to ponder whether there exist any solution to this problem. Once again, it is important to mention the fact that Bologna degree equivalency, equalises all qualification at a given level, regardless of their...
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Degree equivalency is a lie

As I spend more and more time in various countries, working with institutions and people of different academic levels, and as I experience the immense universe of students (from the few best, brilliant minds to the dark-grey sea of mediocrity and hopelessness), I am coming to one depressing conclusion. While Bologna is being hailed as the key building block of academic internationalisation, it...
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Racism – idiots guide

During the last few months I had the opportunity of experiencing some attacks aimed at me, but utilising my nationality/background as the axis-of-assault. Racism, as we know it. . I was able to stop the initial reaction, familiar and natural to all, of a direct, brutal and physical assault - a standard, biological and violent response. Instead, I focused on analysing the underlying issues. . It...
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Gold or Coal – a course in economics

Many friends are fascinated by my fascination with the Discovery TV series focusing on gold prospectors and/or coal miners (Discovery shows: “Alaska gold” or “Coal”). I watch each episode looking for the economic secrets of success/failure. The little details that make your operation profitable. . The natural resource is irrelevant. The secret is in the organisation of the production...
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