This is how students of the world live! Hostels of different countries in a unique photo project
There have always been great interest in photo projects that compare the lives of people in different countries, for example, their homes, weekly menus or school lunches. And the Dutch photographer Henny Boogert decided to show the world exactly the life of students, traveling to different countries when the opportunity fell out, and taking pictures of local students in their rooms and dormitories.
The life of students from around the world in photos
And tribute to fashion or the pursuit of popularity, these photos can not be called: the first pictures Henny took back in 2005. It all started with ordinary curiosity, and turned into a socially significant image project ImageConnect. Boogert has already made his photos in Bolivia, Kenya, Moldova, Russia, India, Germany, Italy, Cuba and the Philippines. Most of all, the photographer likes to document the life of students not in such financially secure countries as his native Netherlands, but in places where university tuition is not as accessibleand is not an almost obligatory stage in the life of young people, especially low-income ones.
Creating such a project, the author set out to collect as many student portraits as possible. Thanks to him, we also have the opportunity to learn how students from different countries of the world live, to see how they differ, and what they look like - and the similarities are, perhaps, no less than differences.
What makes the Netherlands famous is the relatively low cost of education both for foreigners and for their citizens: students have to give money for their studies, but they are also entitled to a state grant, which is issued throughout the whole period of study. However, after four years of study, the grant becomes a government loan, which the student returns after being hired. Opinions, however, differ: some students believe that the terms of repayment of the loan are quite reasonable and lenient, others complain that it takes years to repay the debt, and then there are problems with the purchase of housing on credit.
In addition to studying, the life of Dutch students in a multinational student community is filled with a lot of entertainment: parties, theme clubs, hiking - everyone will find rest to their liking.
Higher education in Italy is mostly represented by universities and Italian higher education institutions (Scuola Superiore Universitaria), which offer advanced training and research to students through university-based courses and doctoral studies. But there is practically no specialized and vocational education after graduating from high school in Italy, which is considered a weak point in the Italian post-secondary education system.
In the north of the country, education is more expensive than in the south, and each student pays a study tax, the amount of which depends on the people who provide it - parents or guardians. But the life of students in Italy also has its advantages - for example, the system of university discounts. Depending on the university, students receive their own set of discounts in various institutions: cinemas, museums, beauty salons, cafes, copy centers, fitness clubs, optics stores, etc.
German universities are known all over the world: about six universities in Germany are in the top hundred. At the same time, the majority of universities are under the care of the state, therefore the tuition fee is small, from 60 to 200 euros per semester, depending on the university and specialty.Moreover, the fee is often charged in order to cover the cost of meals for students in the cafeteria and travel by public transport. Therefore, most young people in Germany seek to necessarily get a higher education.
We don’t have to complain about the life of German students: most universities have student dormitories, spacious and modern, which look like apartments and have nothing to do with our old hostels. And on weekends, many students love to enjoy the benefits of a Schengen visa and travel around Europe.
Paradoxically, Moldova, being one of the poorest European countries, came in first place in the list of countries with the highest rating for higher education spending. At the same time, no Moldovan university or college is included in the list of the best higher education institutions in the world - at least you will not find them in the first seven hundred universities, and over the past two years the number of study places in the country has decreased drastically as budget ones and contractual.
He paid attention to Henny Bogert and Russia, visiting their student dormitories.On the website of his project, he shared observations about the Russian educational system, noting that there are a lot of universities in Russia: as many as 665 public and 450 private ones, with a huge number of faculties and specialties. According to the author, on the one hand, for such a large country a large number of universities is appropriate - this is not surprising, but on the other hand, this leads to a decrease in the standards of higher education. Moreover, even in China with more than a billion people, there are not so many universities.
All public, private universities and colleges are administered by the Ministry of University Affairs. They offer students a variety of programs, especially in the fields of medicine, the arts, the humanities and information technology, although many students prefer to study law and business in institutions abroad.
Foreign students who have studied in Thailand, note a more measured pace of life here compared to Western countries. There is even the concept of "Thai time", which allows you to come to a class or a meeting for 10-15 minutes later, and this will not be considered late.
As of 2013, there were more than 2,269 higher educational institutions in the country - 28.53% of public and 71.47% of private ones. There are special universities in the country - these are institutions that offer students courses and programs related to public service. These include the Philippine Military Academy, the Philippine National Police Academy, the Academy of Development of the Philippines and others.
However, not everybody goes to study at universities, since almost 30% of Filipino citizens do not have an official primary education. This is influenced by various factors, in particular, the difference in the languages of instruction (at home the Filipino language is native, and the school language of instruction is English), and also the fact that there are no schools in the villages at all. However, this does not mean the level of illiteracy of a nation: many children still study, but at home, with the help of parents and acquaintances.
The leakage of “brains” from India to other countries is not surprising, since the state of its educational system leaves much to be desired, despite all the investments that are made in it. Not everyone can afford to study in higher education, even though caste-based discrimination no longer exists,and even lower castes have the right to study at a university and receive public office. In addition, corruption and favoritism in Indian universities only flourish.
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The life of students in Cuba is different from other countries, because absolutely all educational institutions in the state are nationalized, and the education system has become unified, and with a strong ideological background - Marxist. Cuba allocates as much as 10% of the budget to education of citizens, which is quite a high figure (in the UK, for example, it takes 2.5 times less money, and in the US it is 5 times less).
Naturally, study in all Cuban universities is free. However, the condition of access to education for students is loyalty to the Communist Party and patriotism. At the same time, the further life of students after graduation from the university is not predetermined: there are problems with employment in the country, and some citizens even work as cleaners, having a higher education.
For us as residents of the Northern Hemisphere, the lives of students in Bolivia may seem a bit unusual, because the school year in the country lasts from February to November,because December and January in this part of the world are the hottest summer months. In Bolivia, they treat local cultures with great respect, so students have to learn not only Spanish and foreign languages like English, but also one of the languages of local peoples, for example, Guarani, Quechua, German-Platy dialect and others.
Although Kenya is one of the most developed African countries, with higher education, everything is not very rosy. There are only thirty universities in the whole country, and only seven of them are state ones. Each university has its own category of accreditation, and this must be taken into account when submitting documents, since future employment also depends on it. The quality of education is also not the highest, so those Kenyan students who can afford it often go to study in other countries at their own expense, or are trying to win a grant.
In addition to photos, Henny Boogert makes a small video about the students of each visited country, where guys who can speak English speak about their hobbies, features of studies, dreams and goals in life. As the photographer says,such videos help not only to demonstrate students' lives, but also to inspire young people all over the world: to show that even in unfavorable conditions young people from different countries are drawn to knowledge, are not afraid to dream and lay bricks for their future career, no matter what.
More photographer works can be seen on the ImageConnect project site, and even provide him with material support so that the author can visit other countries and capture even more representatives of world students.
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