Most academics will tell you that university studies have changed. “In the current academic environment study abroad has changed significantly”, says Professor Dr William Duncan, the Director of Admissus, an academic support consultancy that helps aspiring applicants to navigate the wilderness of post-baccalaureate study opportunities that are available to foreign students.
Admissus is one of many similar organisations available to help students interested in study abroad to prepare for enrolling in graduate and post-graduate programs. The programme at Admissus is designed for professionals and recent graduates who seek admission to postgraduate and doctoral programs. Dr Duncan and his team are the modern-day guides to academic study.
“The concept is not new”, Professor Duncan points out, “In the old academic system, particularly in Europe, it was the professor who picked the student to help through a programme until graduation”. “The admission system today is different”, he added, “And student applications are increasingly subjected to an automated system using predictive computational models to forecast a student’s academic performance. Those who survive the automated selection process must then survive a distant, impersonal committee. Committee members may be less interested in an individual student than they are in admitting those with backgrounds that fit a certain demographic”. “Even worse,” Dr Duncan said, “If the programme does require a live interview (usually online) with the candidate, they often must respond to questions from a robot rather than a real person”.