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Slovak students say their universities don't teach them practical information or supply top-quality computers or books, but they're still satisfied with where they go to school, according to a new survey.

Slovak students say their universities don't teach them practical information or supply top-quality computers or books, but they're still satisfied with where they go to school, according to a new survey.

The independent Academic Ranking and Rating Agency (ARRA), in cooperation with the GfK Slovakia polling agency, sent an e-mail questionnaire to 20,000 students between November 9 and December 31, 2006. First-year university students were excluded from the poll.

Most students who responded to the survey said they were satisfied with their university. Fourteen percent said they were fully satisfied, and 45 percent said they were moderately satisfied. Almost 20 percent were dissatisfied with their studies.

The poll also showed students aren't very loyal to the universities they attend. Only one-third of the respondents would recommend their universities to their friends. One-third would not pick their university if they had to choose again, but just as many would.

When deciding which university to attend, 28 percent of students look at the quality and prestige of the university, and the chances it gives them to find a good job. The location of the university, and thus the quality of life it offers students, is the deciding factor for 25 percent of students. Twenty-four percent choose a university that's closer to their homes in order to minimize living expenses, and 23 percent picked their universities because they were the only ones that accepted them, or because they enrolled without entrance examinations and did not try any other universities.

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