What role should universities play? | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 19, 2019

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What role should universities play?

The Daily Star had published an op-ed titled “Why are university graduated failing to meet market needs?” written by Khalid Hasan on January 14.

I could not agree with some of the arguments made in the article. Firstly, the role of universities cannot be limited in producing workers for corporate and business sectors. In many western countries, seemingly mundane subjects such as philosophy and psychology are among the top-ranked subjects, not any typical engineering subject.

The sole purpose of education is not about getting a job. Education has a much wider role to play in society, and, therefore, our universities should focus on that wider goal.

That isn't to say that our universities do not have any problems. In my view, universities are failing to make students curious. Students aren't taught in a way that induces further curiosity or interest. The ultimate goal of universities should be to make students curious enough to learn more, seek more knowledge. That way, skills that are demanded by the market from students will automatically be met.

SM Waliuzzaman, From Facebook Page

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