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difficult word : 导师

Posted by bohan2007 May 17, 2012 in the Group General Discussion.

The dictionary says 导师 means "tutor, teacher, academic adviser", but a big group of Chinese people told me that 导师 is a teacher with a Ph.D (博士) . 

So, what does 导师 mean exactly? How is it different than 老师, and are there any academic degree requirements to be a 导师?

I learned a long time ago that when I learn something new about Chinese, I have to confirm it at least once or twice with other sources/people because a lot of false information about Chinese is given out a lot  

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