Germans Do It Differently
While Brenda Rudiger (pictured at far left, with Elizabeth Hoy and Jacque Smith) was on a Fulbright scholarship in Germany last fall, the executive director of alumni relations at Michigan Tech learned some surprising things. For example, in Germany, students must decide in middle school whether they plan to attend a university or a vocational school. Once the decision has been made, it is very difficult to change.
Rudiger travelled to Germany on a Fullbright International Education Administration Seminar Scholarship this past October. She was there for two weeks. While in Germany, Rudiger, along with 19 other higher education administrators, visited various facilities including the Institute for German Language and Culture at Martin Luther University.
“There is not a lot of hand-holding,” Rudiger said about the German universities. “Student activities are organized by the students." She said that compared to U.S. universities, which offer students benefits such as career and counseling services, Germany has just a few student services. Another fact she found interesting is that residence and dining halls are operated by a central administration for the whole country.
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