Friday, March 11, 2005

Is our university education good ?

(DISCLAIMER: This is appliable only to my knowledge. It might sound a little too general but this is the way I see things.)

These days in Romania is a big fuss about how the educational system will change.

Mainly the 4 ears universities will become 3 years undergraduated studies and an additional 2 years master courses.
For technical universities the 5 years of studies will become 4 years as undergraduated and 2 years as graduated studies.

This is not the problem though. The main problem is the superficiality of the entire romanian educational system. I have recently looked for "the best" universities in the world and I found that no romanian university is among the first 500.

The explanation for this is the terrible superficiality. This comes both from the teachers that are underpayed and in order to earn enough money they have to teach more than one or two courses. In extreme cases they are teaching about 5 to 7 courses in the same university, not to mention the other, smaller universities around.

In these conditions there is a slight probability that the teacher will ever have vtime to take care of his subjects, to go into research or update his knowledge. A very few of them are doing research these days and if they are doing research it means that they are on some external funding or they have a second very well payed job.

The students on the other hand come to the universities just for fun. They have no interest in learning and they try to cheat on every occasion. Sad but true. In Romania this is a very common practice.
After graduation they are employed at some companies where the fail to do their jobs.
They are even trying to bribe the but most of them are realising that they don't belong here and tjhey leave abroad teachers and the often succeed into it.
There are also very capable students but most of them are leaving for foreign universities. The rest of capable persons are very rare... Almost a dying breed...

The result of those facts is taht fresh graduates are mostly submediocre.

I am still amazed how can foreign companies employ so many mediocre guys in Romania.
Up to some extent in major multinational companies I have seen many of my worst students. Are we so cheap that even with this bubmediocre individuals we are appealing to them ?

Does it worth to employ seven stupids to do a good man's job ?

I still do not know...

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