Uniwersytet idealny według studentów. Publikacja badaczki UŁ

What are the expectations of Polish students towards universities in the third decade of the 21st century, which has been marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and increased digitisation? How do they think an ideal university should function and what features should it have? Dr Małgorzata Dzimińska from the Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Lodz has decided to find answers to these questions.

University like an incubator

According to the students participating in the research of Dr Małgorzata Dzimińska from the Department of Labour and Social Policy, University of Lodz, an ideal university should be characterised by human-centredness, a high degree of student agency, active teaching and learning methods, as well as flexible studying pathways. 

The students’ key expectation from an ideal university is that it will professionally guide their development, acting as kind of a growth incubator. They want to get a rich and individualised university experience that will positively transform them. They appreciate the role of teachers in this process and they turn to them for guidance, support, inspiration and expert knowledge. They look up to them as role models.

The research and English language publication 

The synthesis of expectations of Polish students and the model of their dream University have been presented by Dr Dzimińska on the pages of the ‘Journal of Further and Higher Education’ in an article entitled ‘An Ideal University: A Student Growth Incubator’. You can find the article on the open platform of the British academic publisher Taylor & Francis.

Journal of Further and Higher Education

The article by Dr Małgorzata Dzimińska

According to the author of the article, students’ opinions concerning their needs and expectations related to higher education are too rarely taken into account, hence, e.g. the research idea. The researcher from the University of Lodz carried it out using focus groups including BA students at one of the largest universities in Poland.

Source: Promotion Centre, University of Lodz