Have you ever studied in Poland (during the communism or now)?
I started in post- communist Poland and transfered to finish studies in Canada. Poland was way to easy unlike the Canadian uni. If I compare Canadian profs to Polish, there is a big difference in a sense that Canadian profs are serious about their work, Polish on the other hand are soften not that demanding and often don't asses students on knowledge alone. Somehow I got the impression that they are willing to abuse the power they hold - that is NOT an education for me, since that indicates the lack of respect for the student, which I never encountered in Canada - just the opposite.
True, but there is a very big selection during the first year of studies and most often less than half of the initial number of students finish their studies.
that is the same in Canada, first 2 years are for weeding out the unfit students, what I had in mind was the part-time(zaoczny) system at Polish unis, which is a big source of income, but does not compare when it comes to the quality of education of the full time (dzienny). Also, one cannot cheat in Canada and once you fail an exam, it is over, while in Poland one can negotiate with the prof and have "poprawkowy" - this is unheard of here. This way when the student starts a semester he has to work right from the beginning, otherwise he will never catch up.
You need your abitur (matura more or less), but even that's not really needed anymore depending on the circumstances. The path doesn't matter anymore. The gymnasium route was relevant 30 years ago.
I was not aware of that.
The second had more impact than the first. You actually had to want to learn in order to go to uni.
I would agree to certain degree. Getting into uni was almost impossible, because one had to write exams, which results of often did not reflect their high school scores, which for me did not make sense. [quote=convex]Not sure that I can agree with you there 100%. Maybe late in the game when they became cash strapped.
I am talking about later in the game - the last 10 years. I believe that the underpaid profs take advantage of the improved possibilities of making cash and they are often hired by semi -private unis, which often have not earned a reputation, because they have not been on the market for a long time. There are still good unis in Poland, but not too many. Warsaw, Wrocalw, Pozan, Gdansk, Lublin and Krakow with a long traditions, but there are also many with poor quality.