Friday, June 15, 2012

Universities without campus

What does the word "University" bring to your mind? For me, it is the sprawling campus. When I say campus, it is the greenery associated with universities. With a lot of open space, it can be used for activities that fosters either interactions or introspection. But that is not the case with the universities in Paris.

Primarily, Paris is a very small city which is densely populated. Anybody looking for an apartment in Paris knows how difficult it is to sign a lease. For each opening, there are many people queueing with applications. In a densely populated city with many buildings, it is difficult to find the open space required for a sprawling campus. 

"Our campus are the jardins(gardens namely Tuileries, Luxembourg etc)". A friend playfully remarked. An ignorant me couldn't comprehend the message. For me, Cite Universitaire has an excellent campus. When in doubt, always ask questions. You always get answers. Oversimplifying the response, Cite Universitaire is no university. It is a bunch of hostels for students. Students from different universities in Paris can apply for an accommodation here.

If you analyze this further, this is good too. Instead of students going to just one university flocking together, this provides a chance for them to interact with students from different university. The more diverse the views of your peer group are, the more open your mind becomes. Don't you agree?




6 comments:

  1. Yes..I think that is what I most enjoy about Universities abroad; the opportunity to interact and learn from others...

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    1. That is possible in any university regardless of the location. Isn't that one of the objectives too?

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  2. I am a little lost here. Are you saying that there are no need for campuses as far as universities are concerned?

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    1. No, there is no way the universities over here can have a campus. So, the gardens are the best choice. The hostels are the way Paris have decided to deal with student accommodation.

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    2. That is why it is better if you study abroad. You will be able to learn more things aside from the lessons in your class but also to interact with other nationalities.

      Universities in Paris

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    3. I agree with you. The western way of education is different. It emphasizes on interaction and also assignments.

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