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  • Walid S Maani

    Walid S Maani asked in Applied Sciences 22nd Feb '17:

    Was the privatization of higher education in many countries of the world a detrimental factor in the declining standard of graduating students? Could these universities be made to abide by standards laid by regulating bodies? Since they are profit making entities, how can one separate between capital (owner) and education (teacher), so that standard is maintained while capital did not incur loss?
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  • Walid S Maani

    Walid S Maani asked in Applied Sciences 19th Oct '16:

    We elect parliamentarians and other officials. Shall we do this in academia?. Shall we elect our heads of departments, our School Deans, or our University Presidents? Will this be a better direction for academia to take?
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  • Walid S Maani

    Walid S Maani asked in Applied Sciences 11th Oct '16:

    Shall higher education be driven by peoples demand for it, or by the economic and strategic needs of a country? Is it a right, which people own and governments must facilitate?
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  • BRIAN MAKAMURE

    BRIAN MAKAMURE replied 1st Sep '16:

    Do we graduate doctors for primary health care or to put them on the road of research and specialization? Have the experiments of the WHO in advocating community oriented medical curricula failed? If a school graduates excellent doctors, why change the curriculum?
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  • P.Paul Devanesan

    P.Paul Devanesan replied 16th Mar '16:

    Does scales and rankings like webmetrics really measure the standing of universities and programs? Can't one argue that it all depends on the parameters included in the ranking? Can't organizations like the IAU or the IAUP opt for just one, and not leave it for every university to decide which one it will use.
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  • Frank Mazza

    Frank Mazza replied 14th Aug '13:

    Does the prevalence of part time academicians in medical school affect the quality of graduating students adversely? Who will do the continuous mentoring, if every one comes in for few hours and disappears to reappear in 3 days' time? wouldn't it be better if all staff are full timers (provided that they are compensated financially), engaged solely in the teaching process rather than scatter efforts between making a living and trying to be a teacher?
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  • Oum Kalthoum Ben Hassine

    Oum Kalthoum Ben Hassine replied 28th Jan '13:

    With the major budgetary constraints posed on universities by dwindling government financial support, coupled with increased demand on higher education. Would the Access and Equity notion be maintained? And would the standard be guaranteed? Are there any mechanisms to address this issue especially in developing countries, where properly trained human resources are the major pillar in starting a sustainable development?
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