John A. Venables
Length/ severity of Ph.D course work
Comprehensive examination in the USA as the real crunch point. Wide variety of requirements in Europe, even between closely co-operating countries. Non-uniform shifts towards US patterns.
Role of part-time (or even full-time)
Teaching and Research assistants (TA's and RA's in the USA). Encouragement of in-service education and of continuing professional development. Growth of private sector institutions, versus Universities?
Large undergraduate classes as edutainment?|
Universities' dependence on standards in schools and on student choice. Students as customers, do we just give them what they want? How do we generate/ retain interest in a short-term memory environment?
Internet access from residences/ lodgings|
Don't underestimate the importance of a free local phone call & small file size. Wired cities/ countries, led by Finland, Norway, Australia & New Zealand? Leading (bleeding?) versus trailing edge approaches.
This talk is available at the /grad directory from my home page.