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A recent question that, in a sense, relied crucially on some details of the general Dutch educations system, got me thinking:

Wouldn't it be nice if this community knew more about the Dutch education system, not only on universities, but as a whole?

The advantage of a 'full cover' means that we know what expectations new university students carry, from their previous experience with education so far. I think this is valuable for members of this community from all over the world. I can think of the following reasons this may be of use:

  1. "This Dutch student that applies for a PhD position seems capable, but acts kinda weird. Is this just a cultural thing?"
  2. "I'm going to take a PhD in the Netherlands. What should I expect my fellow students to be like and what would my advisor generally expect of me."
  3. "I'm willing to answer a questions on Academia.SE tagged , but I'm not sure if what sort of institution the OP is in and what is considered normal procedure in that country"
  4. ... (Feel free to add your own examples!)

Then, I thought even more and I realized I might as well replace 'The Netherlands', with literally any country in the world! Of course, I don't have the expertise to write on that, but I would be very much interested in, say, education systems in Germany, Belgium and/or France. (Most of my knowledge is ... 'apocryphal' at best)

So, for my question: do you think this is a good initiative? Would you like to try and cover the education system from your own country?

I might be a nice idea to make a faq-like list of such questions, is that a good idea?


Note that this isn't a question for what I should do. I will soon create a question asking for a brief explanation of the Dutch education system and self-answer (unless someone can convince me this is a very bad idea, but I think I'll still just post and wait for the close votes in that case. No harm in asking questions people very likely genuinely have.)

A recent question that, in a sense, relied crucially on some details of the general Dutch educations system, got me thinking:

Wouldn't it be nice if this community knew more about the Dutch education system, not only on universities, but as a whole?

The advantage of a 'full cover' means that we know what expectations new university students carry, from their previous experience with education so far. I think this is valuable for members of this community from all over the world. I can think of the following reasons this may be of use:

  1. "This Dutch student that applies for a PhD position seems capable, but acts kinda weird. Is this just a cultural thing?"
  2. "I'm going to take a PhD in the Netherlands. What should I expect my fellow students to be like and what would my advisor generally expect of me."
  3. ... (Feel free to add your own examples!)

Then, I thought even more and I realized I might as well replace 'The Netherlands', with literally any country in the world! Of course, I don't have the expertise to write on that, but I would be very much interested in, say, education systems in Germany, Belgium and/or France. (Most of my knowledge is ... 'apocryphal' at best)

So, for my question: do you think this is a good initiative? Would you like to try and cover the education system from your own country?

I might be a nice idea to make a faq-like list of such questions, is that a good idea?


Note that this isn't a question for what I should do. I will soon create a question asking for a brief explanation of the Dutch education system and self-answer (unless someone can convince me this is a very bad idea, but I think I'll still just post and wait for the close votes in that case. No harm in asking questions people very likely genuinely have.)

A recent question that, in a sense, relied crucially on some details of the general Dutch educations system, got me thinking:

Wouldn't it be nice if this community knew more about the Dutch education system, not only on universities, but as a whole?

The advantage of a 'full cover' means that we know what expectations new university students carry, from their previous experience with education so far. I think this is valuable for members of this community from all over the world. I can think of the following reasons this may be of use:

  1. "This Dutch student that applies for a PhD position seems capable, but acts kinda weird. Is this just a cultural thing?"
  2. "I'm going to take a PhD in the Netherlands. What should I expect my fellow students to be like and what would my advisor generally expect of me."
  3. "I'm willing to answer a questions on Academia.SE tagged , but I'm not sure if what sort of institution the OP is in and what is considered normal procedure in that country"
  4. ... (Feel free to add your own examples!)

Then, I thought even more and I realized I might as well replace 'The Netherlands', with literally any country in the world! Of course, I don't have the expertise to write on that, but I would be very much interested in, say, education systems in Germany, Belgium and/or France. (Most of my knowledge is ... 'apocryphal' at best)

So, for my question: do you think this is a good initiative? Would you like to try and cover the education system from your own country?

I might be a nice idea to make a faq-like list of such questions, is that a good idea?


Note that this isn't a question for what I should do. I will soon create a question asking for a brief explanation of the Dutch education system and self-answer (unless someone can convince me this is a very bad idea, but I think I'll still just post and wait for the close votes in that case. No harm in asking questions people very likely genuinely have.)

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Should we create questions that ask to cover some educational system of a country comprehensively?

A recent question that, in a sense, relied crucially on some details of the general Dutch educations system, got me thinking:

Wouldn't it be nice if this community knew more about the Dutch education system, not only on universities, but as a whole?

The advantage of a 'full cover' means that we know what expectations new university students carry, from their previous experience with education so far. I think this is valuable for members of this community from all over the world. I can think of the following reasons this may be of use:

  1. "This Dutch student that applies for a PhD position seems capable, but acts kinda weird. Is this just a cultural thing?"
  2. "I'm going to take a PhD in the Netherlands. What should I expect my fellow students to be like and what would my advisor generally expect of me."
  3. ... (Feel free to add your own examples!)

Then, I thought even more and I realized I might as well replace 'The Netherlands', with literally any country in the world! Of course, I don't have the expertise to write on that, but I would be very much interested in, say, education systems in Germany, Belgium and/or France. (Most of my knowledge is ... 'apocryphal' at best)

So, for my question: do you think this is a good initiative? Would you like to try and cover the education system from your own country?

I might be a nice idea to make a faq-like list of such questions, is that a good idea?


Note that this isn't a question for what I should do. I will soon create a question asking for a brief explanation of the Dutch education system and self-answer (unless someone can convince me this is a very bad idea, but I think I'll still just post and wait for the close votes in that case. No harm in asking questions people very likely genuinely have.)