Monday, June 14, 2010

Universities and culture

A Campus Where Unlearning Is First reports on the challenges facing the American University in Cairo in its quest to offer an American style education to Egyptian students. It starts with what the university president calls "disorientation."

"During disorientation, the students — 85 percent of them Egyptians — are taught to learn in ways quite at odds with the traditional method of teaching in this country, where instructors lecture, students memorize and tests are exercises in regurgitation."

See this earlier post touching on university culture and national culture: Worldwide university rankings, compared to GNP .

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