6 factors to check before choosing a university for higher education

Whether it’s choosing a school or university or even a job after graduation, making the right decision can have a huge impact on a student’s future. While making such crucial life decisions, one must make an informed choice.

Therefore, any attempt to gather more information when selecting a higher education institution plays a very important role. Here are some evocative elements that we can look at while making this choice.

1. Ranking

When it comes to getting admitted to a good university, the first factor most students and parents look for is its academic reputation and ranking.

In India, the most important ranking authority is the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). Under it, universities are classified according to various parameters including education, employability, research facilities, outreach, etc., for different categories of subjects such as law, engineering and law. technology, management, etc.

The ranking is assigned to the university separately for these categories based on its performance on each parameter. In addition, the university’s accreditation based on the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) classifies it in different degrees, determining its credibility.

Recently, Indian universities have also started to search for QS stars. QS is an international rating system which takes into account several parameters.

2. Location

The second most important factor that should weigh heavily in choosing a university is the employment and internship opportunities it offers.

Some of the things to look for are companies that visit campus for placement, median, low and high salaries, and alumni base.

In general, the percentage of students placed after graduation is a good indicator of the placement processes established at the university.

3. Infrastructures

Although the location of the university is a trade-off between its size and proximity to services and industry, if the university has state-of-the-art infrastructure on a mid-sized campus and is in or near from an area where students can easily access internships, connect with industry, implement projects in collaboration with companies and visit the organization to improve their practical knowledge, it becomes an additional asset.

4. Teaching staff

Faculty and educational resources are the most important assets and intellectual capital of any university or institute.

Reputable universities have highly experienced and educated professors in various fields, numerous enough to keep the student-teacher ratio up to standards so that students can attract attention and promote research and the culture of self-learning among learners. .

5. Academic offer

The heart of teaching-learning in a university is the curriculum and the courses taught there.

Students should have enough choice to study any courses of their choice, some multidisciplinary courses to understand other areas, and the curriculum should not be outdated and revised to keep pace with changing industry demands.

New trends in teaching pedagogy are project-based and experiential learning to provide a more practical and practical approach to students.

If you are looking for a college or university to pursue your graduate studies, here are six factors you need to check out.

6. Extracurricular activities

Finally, considering that college life plays the most crucial role in the development of a student, it is important to see if the university offers good extracurricular and extracurricular activities towards the holistic development of his personality.

The social and cultural life of students in a university is as important as the academic environment.

All the work and no play makes the students boring. The bare minimum includes a clean and hygienic canteen, large sports fields, indoor and outdoor play facilities, an auditorium for conducting shows, plays, clubs and societies, and an annual cultural festival.

Extracurricular activities make the college experience exciting and complete while maintaining a balance in the lives of students.

As the world moves towards a hybrid education, comprising a good mix of online and offline learning, it becomes imperative to analyze the digital infrastructure of the university. Content delivery has also evolved over time.

Most educational institutions today focus on the lower portion of Bloom’s taxonomy, which includes memorization, comprehension, and application. However, universities that take care of the upper part of this learning grid, that is, creation, assessment and analysis, are above the rest.

These universities train some of the most thoughtful, creative, innovative and enterprising people in society.

– Article by Dr. Rekha Vig Professor (CSE) and Dy. Dean (Academic), The NorthCap University, Gurugram

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