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BE Visit to US Schools: Tufts University

Added on: 2017-08-18Share on :

As Yuval Noah Harari points out in Homos Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow that with the development of science and technology, humankind will be facing the biggest change ever since our evolvement into Sapiens, what education can do to prepare future generation for such a big change? During BE's visit to Tufts University, Tufts gave us a key word: interdisciplinary.

As Yuval Noah Harari points out in Homos Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow that with the development of science and technology, humankind will be facing the biggest change ever since our evolvement into Sapiens, what education can do to prepare future generation for such a big change? During BE's visit to Tufts University, Tufts gave us a key word: interdisciplinary. 

 

 

 

 

 

Interdisciplinary

 

 

"For the university, we've seen, for really a long time, that the biggest problem facing the world, that our students are trying to fix, are interdisciplinary by nature. You better need to know a lot of different disciplines and how to connect these disciplines." told the staff at the admission office of Tufts. "It's not a new thing but I think Tufts did it the first and we do the best."

 

Tufts University offers the opportunity that students can double major between the two different schools, Engineering and Arts. About 60 percent of its students are going to pursue two areas of study. For instance, they can double in civil engineer and architectural studies, or as a mechanical engineer and economics major. 

 

 

"Liberal arts education is about how you draw connections between these areas of study." The interdisciplinary idea inspires innovations by students. So there is a girl named Danielle. She was both a human factor engineer as well a child study and human development major. And she wanted to combine those two areas of study. She created an app for the ipad. What this app did was to use video recognition technology to help students on the autism spectrum better present one in groups. "So basically a student was presenting himself in front of the ipad, and the ipad would be able to detect things like innovation, hand motions, body gestures and be able to provide feedback for that students so that they can present more effectively in groups."

 

 

 

 

Distribution requirements

 

 

"To graduate, you need to take two classes to earn credits, in five areas of study: natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, maths, arts" It's the distribution requirement of Tufts. The first thing about these requirements is that it pushes students outside comfort zone. The second thing nice about it is mixing up the people in a class. "It was so fascinating, to not just learn from my professors, but also learn from students who saw the world differently." The last value of these requirements is learning how to draw connections between everything you are learning.  

 

 

"For myself, I enrolled in one class called academics. It helps to fulfill the world civilization requirement. At the same semester, I enrolled in the class called the American Musical. So I'm going to these two classes, convinced that they are never going to overlap. And until the last week of the semester, they did. And it was fascinating to be able to look at one central issue from really different points of view, and how I could use what I learned from my musical theater classes and how to get a more scientific way looking at things."

 

 

 

 

Studying abroad: taking things outside the classroom

 

 

"It's really important for Tufts students to go out into the world and apply their knowledge. It's the way they apply their knowledge that's the most meaningful for them. They are kind of focusing on these two aspects."

 

 

 

One way Tufts students literally take things outside the classroom is through studying abroad. It offers a varied programs for students from those who want to go to Spain and become fluent in Spanish, and to those who are an arts major and take one semester at Italian to look at all the museum in Florence. "We really acknowledge that people want different things and how can university make it possible for each of its students to get the most out of that experience."

 

 

Proud Alumni of Tufts include Pierre Omidyar, the Founder of eBay; Peter Gallagher famous American actor; Haruki Murakami, bestseller writer in Japan, etc.  

 

 

 

Facts and Figures about Tufts University

 

 

Country: the United States

Type: Research University

First year boarding ratio: 98%

Societies: 300+

 

Undergraduate number: 5,177

Postgraduate number: 5,740

Teacher to student ratio: 1:9

Graduate rate in recent 6 years: 92%

Percentage of international students: 10%

 

Tuition: $46,643

Boarding fee: $12,634

 

 

How to Apply

 

Application Deadline: Early Decision I is by November 1; Early Decision II and Regular Decision is by January 1

Standardized testing requirements: SAT Critical Reading 680-760, Mathematics 680-760, Writing 690-760; ACT 30-33

 

 

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