[Air-l] Re: something totally different
Bunz, Ulla K
ulla at ukans.edu
Wed Mar 6 10:56:35 PST 2002
As a matter of fact, the Latin Magister Artium (which is used in Germany, I
don't know about other countries) and which is the approximate equal to an
American master's degree is also abbreviated MA.
Who came first? The Romans, or the Americans? Tough one ;)
From: Bram Dov Abramson 
Subject: [Air-l] Re: something totally different
> >>That means here in Austria we are moving
> >>from national to international systems and naming.
> >>Due to a lack of tradition we struggle with the meaning of MA and
> >>MSc programs.
>>What makes MA and MSc naming more international than, say, Magister?
>the idea is - along with the Bologna declaration of the EU - that students
>and faculty get mobilized thus one thinks the first step is to harmonize
>the different educational systems and make them more easily comparable so
>they can move from one spot to the
>other. A structural shift is definentely the decision to implement
>Bachelor programs, here in Austria we didn't have that.
Sure. I'm just wondering how designations used mostly by the
English-speaking world (MA, MSc, etc) have come to act as the de facto
"international" designations. It seems kind of strange.
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