Also the Bologna rules fail to take into account the college stage of an English university degree.
Student's in UK enter university in the age of 18. Students in Poland in the age of 19. So what you call college here is "szkoła średnia". Isn't that true? I am not so familiar with British system don't they prepare for entrance exam in college ? If so, then why call it stage of an university? Preparation is not an university.
It isn't. English-speaking countries also have Licentiates too. Btw, there haven't been any 'Anglo-Saxon' countries for a thousand years.
It's also an name, title. Meaning is simply that somebody has studied for less than 5 years. Except if you can tell obvious differences and similarities between Licencjat and Bachalor between British and Polish universities.
Yet they are regarded as being among the best in the world.
That's the point. The number of hours is not the most important factor.
One thing that puzzles me about the Polish system (and this happened to a friend this week) is that when you do your final exams and you aren't satisfied with one of the grades, you can do a retake in September!!!
It's one of many systems. For example in Greece until around 2009 you could retake exam 2 times every years until you got bored. Some students were studying for 10 years because of that.
Harry: Check your maths a little more carefully: that link contradicts what you have claimed.
And you learn understanding what you read:
In the UK a master's degree is normally based on 1800 hours of study
However the Bologna Process requires that master's degree programme normally carries (...) equivalent to 2250 to 3000 hours of study
Very simple: people who work 40 hours per week and have a life are not going to do the required number of hours of work. The vast majority of Polish extra-mural courses are a joke and a disgrace.
I agree with that most of graduates of extra mural courses are worse than their full time studies counterparts, but I think main reason is the fact that on average they're not so smart - usually people who could not get accepted to full time studies go studying on weekends. And because teachers are not requiring enough, because they're extra source of money.