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:
- "This Dutch student that applies for a PhD position seems capable, but acts kinda weird. Is this just a cultural thing?"
- "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."
- "I'm willing to answer a questions on Academia.SE tagged netherlands, but I'm not sure if what sort of institution the OP is in and what is considered normal procedure in that country"
- ... (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.)