I have started my master’s degree and I am a fully funded student.
I want to get perfect marks and do my research perfectly.
What steps should I follow to become an outstanding student in my supervisor’s mind?
How can I be a perfect student?
I also have a class with him this semester. I am also doing research with him.

It really does matter to me to have a very good relationship with my supervisor.
Please, give me any advice that you think is useful.

I was planning on going overseas for my higher education.
However when I went to look for the academic requirements needed for the degree I was concerned when I found out that the qualifications that were needed differed from country to country.

I was wondering if I could qualify for program that had different requirements which I have completed within my host country and get in the program even though the requirements for my country are completely opposite and it would take me time to complete those qualifications.

What are the statistics, in 2018, of international students coming back to their home places and funding their own startups in technological areas? The global trend has always been to stay working at the host country or get a job in the academia. Some people don’t see a future in this last option as undeveloped countries tend to separate laboratory from industry (due to the fear to investment in new solutions, the lack of capital, etc). In fact, from my experience working as a “researcher” in a local university, I have seen many former grantees that are very interested in publishing papers for international journals but that haven’t been able to apply their knowledges in tangible solutions.

I understand no country wants a fuge of brains, but inmigration can be a problem too.

I am not an international student, but in my country (which I prefer not to mention) I obtained a EE degree with a specialization that doesn’t have much demand. Although in the typical developed nations there are better opportunities for this career, migration is not longer an attractive option.

I would expect from a succesful case the following characteristics:

  • The student ends up working in a related field to its degree.
  • The startup sells enough to provide basic incomes to its collaborators and still have grow expectations.
  • Local universities benefit from the experience.

This question was inspired on the DW documentary: https://www.dw.com/en/green-tech-from-africa-to-germany/a-44006915, in which the student was in a exchange program with the Germany’s Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Perhaps the question may be directed to the Americas.

I am a Mexican student about to begin the last year of ‘Preparatoria’ (Homologous to High School). Normally ‘Universidad’ would follow. However I want to study in a French university. I understand it is not a straightforward process and paperwork has to be made. Additionally, I have not decided exactly what university I want to study in, but I know it will be in France. The career I want to study is software development (Or the equivalent). To apply for a scholarship would be ideal but if not possible I do not require it. What are the steps I must take in order to, at least, start the process to my education in France?

(Take for granted my French level and a good academic level. I do not have a passport nor a visa of any kind. I am 16 years old. If my question does not belong here, I kindly ask for the right site to ask it.)

I’m from Brazil and the metric system for grades here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grading_systems_by_country#Brazil) is different from UK.
So, I’m an undergraduate student who wants to apply to a Master Degree in Physics – DAMTP.
But, I don’t know what exactly is the “overall grades” which they are requiring here https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/international-qualifications
I mean, I must to have 9/10 in each of the subjects or just the “final grade of all the course subjects” (given by some sort of process like weighted average)?

Do German universities (specifically, Technical Universities) take mid-career professionals from other countries (i.e., the USA) for PhD studies?

I am trying to grasp how that process would work – or if it would work – for someone with family & in their mid-30s.

N.b., I am aware that the system is different, i.e., Funded PhD position chances for international students in Austria.

My field is computer science, if that matters.

I have a phd student that is very smart. They had a small baby a few months before starting the PhD in a foreign country and then moved to do the PhD with their family in the UK.

It has been 7 months now and the PhD student is not performing well. We have weekly meetings and I try hard to guide and help (more than I normally do). The student sometimes disappears for 1-2 weeks without answering emails and comes back offering no excuse rather vague “family-issues”. The funding is fixed for 3 years without the possibility of extending or freezing. Also, the uni is rigid on students submitting at 3 years. We have discussed several times and I have suggested asking the university for help. Didn’t happen yet.

At the end of the first year, PhD students have a mini-viva called transfer. The examiner is another professor from the department. With the current work, failure is almost certain, unless I appeal to that professor on behalf of the student (which I’ve never done before, I find it morally wrong, and don’t even know if it would work).

On academic performance, the situation is clear, the student would fail. I only find myself in dilemma because of the family situation (small baby, new country, no relatives, low salary). The official guidelines state my suggestion should only be based on the academic performance. This is advisory since the examiner will make the final decision. Nevertheless, how can I do this knowing the student will lose their funding and visa and have to go back with their family?

If this post is too long to read please skip to the last paragraph.

I am currently an international undergrad at UCLA, studying math. I was born in South Korea, was there until I was 12, and has been living in the U.S. for almost 8 years. I am currently thinking of going to graduate school and becoming a university professor after that.

My dad thinks that there must be some unforeseen and implicit racial/ethnic/national discrimination against Asians in U.S. higher learning and that I must therefore invariably be more studious in learning.

However, today is 2018, America is more diverse than ever, every university (it seems) have non-discrimination policy, and collge faculty hirers are in general (I think, at least) educated people. Also, based on my interactions, no one in UCLA seems to be biased against racial minorities/different nationalities. So I am thinking (based on my opinion) that there wouldn’t be much national/racial discrimination on graduate school admissions and in university faculty hiring, especially as my major is math, which is one of the objective academic discipline. I also plan to do a career with pure math and not on industrial/applied math.

Also, I am perfectly fluent in English and can communicate perfectly like a native except for a slight accent (which does not affect my communications at all). I am also very aquainted with American culture.

Of course, I know that there still must be some implicit national/racial diacrimination in job hiring process in non-academic sectors (e.g. companies/restaurants) despite there being laws against it. But since universities are places were nondiscrimination is highly encouraged and there are lots of international scholars, I think my dad’s claim is highly exaggerated.

I believe that my current status as a citizen of South Korea, which is a close ally with U.S., shouldn’t negatively affect my image in graduate school admission/university faculty job hiring.

I found some articles like this one but I think this is an exception to a general rule:

Long story short:

Is there national/racial discrimination against South Koreans (and/or Asians in general) in graduate school admissions and in university faculty hiring/promotion in math (and/or Physical Sciences in general)? I am asking for anything in the United States (i.e., no answer needed for other countries). “Discrimination” for scholarship doesn’t count, nor does undergraduate admissions. I am looking specifically for an answer about math department or physical sciences. If you are someone working for graduate school admissions/faculty hiring/promotion, please provide a general perception of whether, and if so how much, there is discrimination in place. A general perception is preferred answer rather than specific instances, though that too is good. If you are in the admission/hiring process and haven’t found any discrimination, please say so as well. Also, lack of communication skills frequently attributed to international scholars doesn’t count as racial/national discrimination in my question, though many Asians may be disadvantaged by it.

EDIT: In reply to the replies below, I am well aware that any sort of unjust racial/national discrimination is prohibited whatsoever in the United States, and I am well aware that the mainstream media and the general consensus of the people is that any sort of unjust discrimination is absolutely bad. I’ve attended an American high school and watched tons of American news and TV, people! However, I am merely asking a professional view (that is not speculative, i.e. someone who’s been working in the area for many years) to what extent some people’s implicit biases against Asians seems to negatively impact grad admission/prof hiring. Of course, having been in U.S. I know that no one is stupid enough to say “we’re gonna hire this white guy over this equally qualified Asian guy just because of race” unless he is an urgent racist.