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A COMPARISON BETWEEN GERMAN AND UK TECH UNIVERSITIES

By: Jacob O’Sullivan

 

Students wishing to pursue higher education can never go wrong when choosing the UK and German tech universities. For years these two countries have dominated education in Europe and by extension the rest of the world. The university systems in these two countries have grown to be exemplary and efficient attracting students from all over the world.

Although the German system is shifting to an Anglo-American system, they still ensure that students get the much needed technical skills required in the industry. Many of these students have embraced technology and are used to digital networking. The best part about both these education systems is that they provide a public network where students can network with their colleagues. This has ensured that students secure their privacy using VPN service. Here, we will compare the differences between the German and UK tech universities.

First, in the UK, the cost of education is quite high unlike in Germany where students get a university education at a subsidized rate. University education is financed by state grants and is overburdened by huge debts. To control the huge debt deficit, The UK and German universities have tailor made their academic courses to favor different financial backers. They have resulted into soliciting donations from alumni, hiring out lecture halls and requesting tuition fees from students.

Students from the British Isles have migrated to seeking education in mainland Europe. There is quite a huge difference in tuition fees because in Germany students study for free or pay a small fee to cover administration and other costs, while in the UK the tuition fee ranges around 9000 EUR per year.

The timetables between universities in the UK and Germany are also different. While you can choose your timetable in Germany, the UK university will assign you a time table and the examinations will appear in that timetable.

There is also a lower student to staff ratio in the UK than in Germany. The UK university system offers more support to individual students. The class sizes in UK universities are small compared to German universities.

Both these countries have ensured that their university education system is crafted to allow students to complete their education in their early twenties. Because of the students graduating from these universities are used to a networked thinking in a digital paradise, they are ideal for independent experiments, exploring nature, psyche, and technology.

The bottom line is that both education systems have a major hurdle to overcome. The German system needs to stick and reform its Humboldt system while the UK universities need to embrace the German system unlike marketing its current system to ensure that there is dynamic development in research and teaching.