How to choose the best University?---------A good application of the most famous DECISION MAKING STRATEGY
Someone only refer to the ranking of the universities. Frankly speaking, it is the heuristic way to make your choice. It is an easy way. But is it the best way, I wander. I would like to depart the human decision into two ways, rational choice and irrational way (heuristic and fast way). Going aboard is one of the biggest choices for a person. I think everyone should thing deeply and have the rational and best choice. Admitted, the ranking is the fastest way to know the university is good or not, but it is not all.
How to do rational choice? I would introduce a famous and efficient way to do that. That can be used into many prospects in your life.
Fist, LIST all the factors you care about, The factors are Money, Duration of the study, Ranking of the university, Ranking of the department, Chance to get admission, Academic Interest, Location, Chance of part time work, chance of immigration, Agency help, Environment, Feeling factor, Personal preference, and Major. Second, list the WEIGHT of each factor(0-10, the higher the better). Third, give the points to each university according to the information you got(0-101080oints, the higher the better). For example, the ranking of the university may be computed as follows: 100-ranking in TIMES 2002. Oxford 100-1=99points. IF YOU HAVE NO PREFERENCE, PLEASE GIVE 50points.Last, choose the universities getting high marks. It might a bit abstract. Let me to give you an example.
Mike is boy studying Peking University. His major is Math. The GPA is 3.1. And he wants to go to UK for graduated study. He can study Math and Management. His family can offer him 400,000Yuan to study. He can have a broad rang of choices, such as MSc in Math, MPhil in Math and MSc/MA in management. That is very difficult for him. He list the factor he care about and give a weight to each factor.
Money 5Duration of the study 4Ranking of the university 8Ranking of the department 7Chance to get admission 10Academic Interest 2Location 0Chance of part time work 1Chance of immigration 0Agency help 6Environment 2Feeling factor 0Personal preference 3Major 5
Weight 0-10 0-most careless 10 most care
He listed some universities, Oxford university, Edinburgh, Leicester University. And use the strategy I said above.
WEIGHT Oxford Edinburgh Leicester Money 5 70 80 90 Duration of the study 4 0 50 50 Ranking of the university 8 99 85 80 Ranking of the department 7 80 75 60 Chance to get admission 10 40 80 90 Academic Interest 2 50 50 50 Location 0 - - - Chance of part time work 1 70 50 50Chance of immigration 0 20 80 40Agency help 6 0 70 100 Environment 2 90 80 80Feeling factor 0 - - -Personal preference 3 90 80 60