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Co-evolution of friendship and academic performance in an international setting

Jansen, L.R. (2015) Co-evolution of friendship and academic performance in an international setting. Master's Thesis / Essay, Mathematics.

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The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Groningen introduced the international bachelor in the academic year 2013-2014. This international bachelor ensures that courses are taught in English, what makes it possible for foreign students to attend the courses. This gives rise to a wider variety of different backgrounds that are present in the first year of study. The question now is if these different backgrounds influence the friendship formation and the academic performance. Lianne Jansen tried to answer this question in her master research project. She followed the development of friendship networks and the academic performance of the first year bachelor students mathematics of the University of Groningen in the academic year 2014-2015. In this way it can be studied if there are similar clusters as in high schools; clusters of friends with high grades and clusters of friends with low grades. Furthermore the mechanism that predominates in the formation of these clusters can be studied. It turned out that these clusters do not exist at the university. Furthermore, the study showed that the various nationalities mix very well. This is good news for the set-up of the international bachelor; it really turned into an international bachelor. Remarkable is the fact that international students take the initiative to become friends with Dutch students. The study also showed that the nationality does not influence the academic performance.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Mathematics
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:10
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:10

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