Some useful traits from European education systems

Some useful traits from European education systems

Education is an important entity for the social and economic development of a nation in today’s competitive world. Most of the countries have realised this and come forward with efficient government oriented educational systems to promote education in their own countries. Each country has its own education system aimed towards tutoring and examining knowledge at all levels. On request, Suresh Chander, a graduate from India who recently had an opportunity to pursue his Master’s in Europe shared his views regarding the differences that he experienced in both the education systems. Here are few valuable insights on them.

According to his views, there is a good framed course syllabus designed with freedom for the students to choose their interested subjects and design a curriculum from the available subjects. Eventhough there is a limit in duration of study in the European education system, the burden lies on the student’s shoulders because of the supply of study materials. Productivity of the students seems to reach its maximum in the European system as the course is being well planned in advance and thus class hours can be efficiently used by teachers for two way communication with the students. There exists a theoretical approach towards studies in the European system from the teacher who has been handling the subject for more than 10 years, which would make the subject more sensible.

There seems to be more emphasis on technological courses in the European system which comprises both theory and practical that will give the student a better understanding to relate theory to the practical happening. The theoretical examinations conducted in Europe consists of only few questions from the text book but rather focuses on application oriented questions, thus evaluating a student’s reasoning skills more than their memory skills.

There are no separate practical exams in Europe; rather to make it cost-effective, they conduct theoretical observation classes on the onset of the lab course by dividing the students among various research groups. In these groups, students are assigned mini projects which will include all the experiments that they would need for that particular course. This provides an integrated approach in team work, scientific research work and a new knowledge for the students. The supervisor ensures that the same work is not repeated and every student acquires new knowledge out of the study conducted keeping the base rule that science is all about exploration and evolution. Complementing to the particular lab work, the students are requested to submit the observations in a conventional scientific format i.e. as a research paper style. At the end of the day, the student is no stranger to scientific writing and is given a chance to learn and develop necessary skills that are required for both academic research and industry.

A student studying in Europe will be exposed to the lab environment through internships, thesis and literature reviews for which internships credits are given and thus making it a part of their study. Depending on the student, if he or she wishes to evaluate the internship observation, extra value is added on to the work done.

Eventhough students can take their own project of interest, very often they are given the opportunity to work on their own ideas until and unless they are pursuing PhD in Europe. Many internal research seminars are conducted by different European research groups to promote their work among students and to generate interest about the area of work. The European system not only focuses on inviting professors for guest lectures, while equal importance is given to lectures from working industrial professionals. Industrial visits are not just a choice for a student but an integral part of their education system in Europe.

The exposure to publication is seen mostly after the students attain their Master’s degree following which they tend to develop a certain level of awareness into science which makes them to concentrate more on publications. The European bachelor graduates are encouraged to be involved full-fledged in such activities during their Master levels and they can even host competitions within their class, which will be considered as a prestigious event. All the extracurricular activities like event organising, cultural activities, events, etc. comprise to be a part of various student clubs and organisations within the European education system.

Since we belong to the part of a country where education is considered as the root for the social and economic growth of the nation, we could always adopt the necessary strategies from other education systems to make our Indian system more competing with international standards.

How to cite this article:
Selvakumar Krishnamoorthy. Some useful traits from European education systems . BioLim O-Media. 22 July, 2017. 5(7).
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