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Educational Experience Iran Uk Sweden

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A view of UK libraries from the perspective of a scholar from Slovakia

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  • 1. Experience of an Educational Journey Iran, Sweden, UK Ramesh Vahidi Northumbria University 22 April 2009
  • 2. Background Participated Universities Research University Established students Disciplines Centres Bsc: 6623 Iran University of 80 y. Msc: 3995 13 13 Science and Technology 37 Uni. PhD: 669 Iran Open University- Half a Bachelor’s Sharif University of Technology 43 y. 8000 16 10 (b. rev.: Aryamehr) University of Working Life! Chalmers University of Technology 180 y. 10000 16 6 22,825 Northumbria 40 y. Undergrad. 9 schools ~ 14 University 16 Uni. 6,805 Post.
  • 3. Higher Education System In Iran 1 “89.4% of Iran's population aged 15 and over can read and write. A significant majority of this population is at or approaching higher education” Based on NATIONAL Exams at any level Public and Private Universities Bachelor‟s 4-5 years, Master‟s: 2-3 years, PhD 5 years (2 years taught- Comprehensive Exam- 3 years research/ Master„s is a must) Highly theory oriented (Engineering BSc  Two half summers in a factory, … + lab and workshops4/ Exam based Assessments (not multiple choice of course!) Student- Teachers Relation  Formal, Hierarchy, Possible to work on projects Teachers cannot come from practice/ teach a course if they have PhD or teach in different discipline (general rule)
  • 4. Higher Education System In Iran 2 Disciplines Breakdown: 25.5 % engineering branches 24.2 % medical and health field of study 13.4 % pedagogic and teachers' training 8.2 % literature, humanities and academic theology Large number of Female students Debates over ranking: Authority: quot;Iran is third in Science and Technology in Asia after Japan and Turkey” Top of the world in brain drain  nearly 150,000 yearly  significant number into the competitive elite grad. schools of Europe and the US Passing the national exam with high scores or graduating from some Unis (Sharif) Chairman of Electrical Engineering of Stanford University: Without a doubt the finest University in the world preparing undergraduate Electrical Engineers is Iran‟s Sharif University. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s957W6jomBc
  • 5. Educational Systems Comparison Factors Iran UK Sweden High Medium Low Theory Oriented Low High Very High Practice Oriented Teacher-Student Relationship Formal Semi Formal Informal Supportive Low/ Confusing, Information/ Info. Low/ Medium Very High/ High Not easily Clarity accessible TeacherStudent High ~ Medium Low Expectation (usually)
  • 6. Library Systems and Services Factors Iran UK Sweden Library-IT Facilities’ Separated Fully integrated + Physically Separate IT integrated Integration Facilities Central + Each Campus Each Campus Physical Library Departmental Low Excellent Medium IT Facilities (data not Excellent, Available (data not Library Service available) available) Information/ Training Working Hours Almost Always! Week 8pm Accessibility Weekend 2 (Hours) hours ~5/ 15 / ~ 10 / Number of Loans/ 10 – 14 days At least 4 weeks 2 weeks Length of Loan (data not Both possible Not available/ Online Extension / available) Borrowing? Automatic Borrowing
  • 7. Library Sources Factors Iran UK Sweden Limited, Depends on Book Limited, Some Usual Number of a Books’ Copies Large number in Medium to High only in Swedish Masters  English English Yearly Updates Updated (medium) Limited Updated Books ? Regular System? Excellent Limited/ Never Used Limited Journals No Info. Limited, Hard to Excellent E- book Search Collections Popular databases Good Excellent E- journals available Easy access – Easy Access – Not Easy to Find - Thesis No Loan No Loan Loan Possible
  • 8. THANKS for your attention!

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