My honest experience with the university

Spoiler alert: It’s not good.

I’ve spent way too much time writing 21 pages about my experience with the medical university of Pécs, intended to give potential students a look into the life of a student at POTE. You’ll find it in the sidebar.

I also want other students to be able to share their opinion about the university with potential students here. The only thing I require of you is to answer the simple question of “would you recommend this university to a friend or not”. Other than that, you can write whatever you want. Both positive and negative experiences are welcome of course. If you want do to so, message me (email or messenger) with what you want posted and whether you want to be anonymous or not.

4 thoughts on “My honest experience with the university”

  1. Thank you for putting so much effort into writing such a detailed description of POTE. It’ll be much easier to explain why students shouldn’t come here by just referring them to this post in the future. The talk at uni is how accurate this description is and how needed it was for someone to speak up.

    Thank you!

  2. Thanks so much for such an honest, detailed post.

    Unfortunately, you posted it after receiving the degree. It weakens the value a little bit, but I fu mpletely understand. Lot of students afraid to raise their voice because of fearing realistic consequences: being fired from exams, and as a result repeating a very expensive year here. Just like us, teachers. We afraid to loose our jobs.

    Regarding the controversial requirements from different professors: yes, we know about it but there are too many powerful old people here who can do practically anything. Just as racist/sexist comments/actions. Even though leadership is strictly against it theoretically, it is not enough to call in the guy and say it is not right. As far as I know in Norway just one comment is enough to fire a teacher. Here as far as I see, it is never gonna happen.

    English, German proficiency of the teachers: yes, that is another strong point. However, we do not have such governmental supported English training for everyone as you have in Norway. However, your point is right. Unfortunately, we are happy to have enough teachers to hold classes. Language proficiency is a secondary issue.

    Regarding lexical requirements: you might not remember most of it after couple weeks, but it is proven that memorizing huge amount of data helps to develop more sinapses in the brain. So you will be actually smarter.
    Everything is about money. And you, international students bring a lot in. This uni offers a relatively cheap diploma still. There will not be any significant change unless a., mass of students stand for change (not gonna happen, because everyone afraid, and the dean will just jell at you), b, international students’ number drops significantly.

    1. Thank you for your reply.

      I don’t blame teachers for poor foreign language proficiency; it’s a fault of the system. Many teachers are very good in English (don’t know anything about German), you included, based on your comment.

      Let’s hope this post and these comments influence potential students to think twice before applying here. You say that pote offers a relatively cheap education, which might be true compared to English or American universities, but it’s not true compared to equivalent and comparable European universities in Poland, Slovakia, etc., especially considering most students in Pécs must repeat a year, whereas this is not the case in the aforementioned countries.

      From what I’ve been told, the last few years there’s been a dip in students applying for POTE. If this keeps up, the leadership and system might actually have to implement changes for the better. Let’s hope this is true, for the sake of the students.

  3. Wow! Such a great effort writing so many pages…

    As a former student representative, we tried to give constructive feedback, criticism both to the actual dean and the “forever vice dean of education” Herr Czopf. We were really hopeful at the beginning, since it seemed we’ve beed listened and they seriously considered what we proposed.

    We had lot of promises, especially from Herr C. Nothing, again, nothing happened. I am talking about over 10 years of experience. I still follow what happenes there.

    Indeed, there were amazing individual, or institutional solutions during COVID-19, but it really depended on those people, or institutes, who invested the energy, not the leadership. Now, that the pandemic is over, they want to bring back everything as it was… Completely nonsense! This uni is still way behind comparing to other universities regarding digital, online solutions.

    I understand that there are some standards what a medical school should keep. I agree that a medical school should be hard and challenging, since it is a very complex, difficult and responsible profession. But world changed and a responsible educational institute must catch up. Just like many others around.

    Nothing will change until Herr C. is in his position.

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