Tag: higher education

Masters degrees – choose correctly

For Bachelor students on their final years, the Masters stage becomes an important stepping stone to a good career. Of course, as with everything in life, the Masters degree stage has its own challenges, opportunities, costs and benefits. As such it should be analysed and planned carefully. The main decision components are: 1. Definition of quality. Quality is not the holy grail of education, as...
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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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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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Twisted reality of education fairs

Having just done a nice round of international educations fairs (and looking forward to two more), I can’t help but voice my amazement at the excitement among local education institutions. I like watching the students, who come for information about opportunities for studying abroad and the salespeople from western universities that tirelessly sell the promise of a top-class education in...
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Regulation to combat collapse of private HE

The collapse of first UK/IRE colleges (first of many) operating validated/franchised degrees and for-profit HE (sub-degree) programmes, has raised the issue of private for-profit education and its ability to “properly educate” its clients (no, not students). For me, the key issue in collpase of private HE, is the nature of these organisations, created as private, limited, companies, operating...
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300 private schools gone?

Last week a Polish magazine published a prediction about the upcoming collapse of countless HE institutions. Private of course, as public universities are unsinkable, regardless of their underperformance, inefficiencies and non-competitiveness. The author proposed that in a few years Poland will be down to approx. 50 private institutions, from the current 360. We all agree that this is a huge...
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