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    Student expectations and perceptions of higher education

    Students’ approach towards higher education are greatly determined by their frame of reference. Therefore, the quality of an institution should be based on what a student is looking for in an institution rather than mere academic reputation. As such, all institutions will have to create a community and help students adjust to it.

    Research revealed that while students expect the lectures to be both formal and interactive, they have a preference for a mix of interactive lectures and group discussions; with formal lectures being their least favored composition. Students desired to have more of the contact time that most benefit them, either through increasing the total contact hours or re-balancing existing contact time. Likewise, the preference for certain types of classes demonstrates the correlation between students and quality of academic guidance. Even though students have greater preference for small group contact time, it can still be deemed ineffective if the lecturers are overly student-led with an absence of academic input.

    Generally, students have been found to place greater emphasis on transcendent conceptions in relation to their higher education experience. Students prefer more ‘high-quality’ contact time in lectures conducted by qualified educators, rather than just having more lectures.

    Read on the full academic journal here.

    Join us in the upcoming QS WORLDWIDE 2018 from 22-23 May 2018 in Moscow, Russia, as we discuss the topic on “In Search of University Excellence: Perspectives from Russia and Emerging Countries”.

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