The dilemma of international students at UC in a pandemic context
The internationalization of Portuguese universities is a priority for the Portuguese national government and for Portuguese higher education institutions. Nevertheless, the attraction of foreign students has brought additional challenges to universities, to the extent that, subject to an increase in internal diversity and heterogeneity, they face difficulties in integrating IS. Sporadically, there are students who complain of being victims of xenophobia, episodes of stereotyping by teachers and students of the host country and report the occurrence of incidents that accentuate the propensity towards cultural ghettoisation.
What can universities do to prevent PhD students from dropping out?
In 2015, Dutch citizens were invited to write study proposals for a scientific agenda. Each citizen, not only scientists, could propose an idea for a study. The author of this article wrote a proposal to explore why Dutch universities accept a massive loss of PhD students during their trajectories without passing their final exam.
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