University education in Britain and Pakistan: compare and contrast

Posted by mjs76 at Sep 12, 2011 11:40 AM |
A Leicester PhD student has written about British higher education for a leading Pakistani newspaper.

Muhammad Ilyas Khan came from Pakistan to the UK to study for a PhD at our School of Education. This week he has had an article published in Dawn, the oldest and most widely-read English language newspaper in Pakistan, comparing university education in the two countries.

Muhammad’s article was based on interviews with seven postgraduate students from Pakistan studying at Leicester and Nottingham. He asked them:

  • What makes the university you are studying at, in the UK, better (if that actually is the case) as compared to the university that you studied at in Pakistan?
  • What is the most important thing that you would like to take back and introduce in Pakistan?

Respondents singled out the importance of libraries in British universities, such as our David Wilson Library, the commitment and professionalism of university staff and the dialogue-based nature of teaching.

This reflects a philosophy of education which is really based on constructivism and where the professor does not consider himself or herself the source of all knowledge but works with the student in a two-way process of knowledge creation and development. This is … besides others, the feature that universities in Pakistan need to adopt if we in fact want our universities to be real centres of knowledge creation and innovation.
Muhammad Ilyas Khan

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