Prague University Axes Bachelor’s Theses due to AI Rise, Shifts to Practical Projects

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Prague University Axes Bachelor's Theses due to AI Rise, Shifts to Practical Projects
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The Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Economics in Prague is shaking things up. They’ve made an interesting call – they’re bidding farewell to Bachelor’s theses, as per a report by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Their reasoning? Well, they’re pointing fingers at the rise of AI tools. These nifty tech pieces have become pretty good at whipping up top-notch texts, making the traditional student-written theses seem a bit outdated.

The head honcho, the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, spilled the beans to Forbes’ Czech edition. He said, “Sure, students often get their work done by professional agencies these days. But the AI wave was the nudge we needed to shake things up.”

So, what’s the new game plan for the Bachelor’s degree, you ask? Instead of those lengthy written theses, they’re eyeing up practical projects. The aim? Less wiggle room for plagiarism, they claim. But specifics about these new examination formats? Still a mystery.

Legally, it’s all good. The Czech Higher Education Act doesn’t really mandate a Bachelor’s thesis for graduation. But hold up – for the Master’s degree, you still can’t dodge that thesis.

It’s not just this university diving into the AI pool. Others, like the Technical University in Liberec, are all for AI tools. But they’ve got a rule: students gotta own up to using AI and take responsibility for what they produce.

Even the famous Charles University in Prague is giving AI a nod. But here’s the twist – they’re calling foul on directly lifting AI-generated texts, tagging it as plagiarism. The legal debate? It’s ongoing. Seems like AI creations might not get the same copyright protection as human-made stuff, according to lawyer Jan Sommerfeld.

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