The true function of a university.

Topic: Some people think that universities should provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed in a workplace. Others think that the true function of a university should be to give access to knowledge for its own sake, regardless of whether a course is useful to an employer.

Universities and colleges these days relentlessly organise multiple events and festivals that require massive manpower and collaboration between its students. Some find these sort of hands on experience in managing and planning, exhilarating, while some prefer retreating to extra classes to better pursue the higher truths of what their course or professor has to offer to the fullest. In my opinion, a university should fulfil its role as a basic platform and training ground for multiple future employers and employees alike.

First of all, a university should provide whatever that is needed, proportionate to the large sum of fees a student is already paying. This includes setting up more facilities such as state of the art science labs or specific IT rooms to better monitor stocks for both science, business or humanitarian arts students respectively. Subsequently, this can help students gain a rough idea of what to expect once they start working in any corporate or labs after graduating.

Other than that, universities serve as a bridge to many before entering before society to specialise in their own respective fields. For example, professions requiring specific skills in fields such as marketing, engineering or healthcare, the individual simply requires more than the knowledge already obtained from textbooks and lectures. In fact, they expected to already have a substantial level of emotional quotient, analytical and problem solving skills and a string ability to make decisions in short periods of time when working in fields that deal with human interaction and service. These specific skills are what universities today are hoping to culture in their present batch of graduates with their multiple workshops and programs coordinated throughout the year. Some universities even set up job attachment programs during their students’ final years of studying with them. Not only does this grant them worthy and priceless work experience, but it also presents them with a golden opportunity to network with future employers which will subsequently grant them a head start in establishing their own career or business projects.

To sum up, I strongly agree that tertiary education provided by universities should encompass more than just knowledge for its own sake but with key skills to equip university graduates to survive better in their chosen life paths. After all, give a man fish, and you will feed him for a day, but teach him how to fish, and you will be feeding him for a lifetime.

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