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Aug062009

The European Experience by Christine Parcells

During this trip I find myself most interested in the European mindset and the eclectic (or not) nature of the cities’ buildings and layouts. When I’m not in interviews, or going over materials and notes, I’ve been wandering around, watching people—tourists and locals alike—and thinking about what it means to be European. I’ve gathered quite a bit more information about people’s perceptions of Americans and am not entirely surprised at the negativity associated with some of the stereotypes. Our previous presidential administration certainly had something to do with this, but it is distressing to think about how few Americans hold passports or can speak another language. I think that studying abroad and increasing international student populations will only continue to be more important to reach the younger generations in schools to promote international interests.

 

My interviews in Germany ended on a great note. Well, I still have one more at the very end of my trip. I spoke with a staff member from a Fachhoschule in Cologne—which translates to a university of applied sciences and focuses more on practical applications of study as opposed to theoretical. There aren’t quite as many differences as there used to be between the two types of institutions. I also took a day trip to Dortmund University, where my host took me to lunch, had another colleague speak with me and took me to a presentation on South Africa by returned students. Granted I couldn’t understand a lot of it since it was in German, I could still get a general idea of what was being said and Laura (my host) filled me in later. The German higher education system is fascinating and I hope I can relate this in my paper in the context of its international education systems. I’m looking forward to looking into Czech higher education next.

 

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