A research article, even a single one, gives an international applicant to a postgraduate (PG) programme at a university in a wealthy country a significant advantage over their peers.Universities can considerably lower their risk of failure by accepting international students who have prior expertise with the research, peer-review, and publishing process. It also raises the possibility of finding research labs willing to pay for candidates’ tuition and living expenses.The latest scheme to get an unfair advantage in North American college applications was just detailed in an article published by The Chronicle of Higher Education (‘The Newest applications Ploy,’ May 18, 2023).
The requirement to have written a peer-reviewed paper prior to graduate school admissions is beginning to filter down to undergraduate (UG) admissions. The “Scholar Launch” service is one example of this. According to the website, the business puts high school pupils in touch with university professors from top schools who, for a charge, assign them to a research assistant and help them write and publish a “research paper.”This results in students being added to the paper’s list of authors. It’s unclear how much high school students who spend thousands of dollars on research actually contribute to the field.
These new journals, such as the International Journal of High School Research, which charges students $250 to publish their work, complete the cycle by encouraging affluent parents to pay for their children to be listed as (co-)authors on “research papers” with the label “peer-reviewed authors.”Pakistani university admissions have not changed significantly over the past three to four decades, and continue to rely heavily on grades from high school. Standardised test scores have been added to them more recently. Point-based measurements are preferred over criteria that provide room for subjective interpretation because they are perceived as fair, transparent, and harder to contradict.
critical thinking. Of course, giving up on a more complete assessment of candidates is a price to pay for this. However, nobody wants to take the responsibility of defending even the most minimally subjective decisions in a time when everyone is afraid of being accused of corruption and having their reputation publicly dragged through the mud for tipping the scales in favour of some candidate at the expense of another long before any investigation even begins.Of course, none of this is a surprise. More and more young Pakistanis choose to study abroad each year, and this includes those pursuing advanced degrees like master’s and doctorates.
Pakistani emigration crisis has worsened over the past few years as the country’s economic situation has become increasingly unstable. Many of them see college as a stepping stone to permanent residency in their host nation. It is much simpler to obtain work and establish a life in a new nation if one has a credential that is recognised and understood there.Aspiring international students from Pakistan should be aware that the admissions process at universities in the developed world is significantly different from what they are used to. University admissions committees in many affluent countries have a great deal more discretion in making final decisions. High academic achievement in high school or college is preferred because it is the best indicator of future success.
6.Higher Secondary School Certificate
High school graduates from systems that are acquainted to admissions officers help them make objective decisions. The Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) is not widely recognised in Pakistan. When applying to undergraduate universities, this is where graduates of the Cambridge and IB school systems have a significant advantage. Undergraduate degrees often take four years to complete, have a high price tag, and offer few scholarship opportunities for international students. That’s why it’s unusual to see many Pakistani students applying to undergraduate degree degrees.Master’s degree programmes typically last between one and two years, and graduate students at many institutions have access to increased funding or on-campus employment options.
7.master’s or doctoral
When considering applications for a master’s or doctoral programme, universities give less weight to applicants’ high school systems and more weight to the prestige of the institution from which they graduated. The admissions committee will place a much higher value on a top grade from an institution with a proven track record of producing successful graduates than they will on a top grade from a school with which they are unfamiliar.