The aim of study at an University
Some people think that universities should provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed in the workplace. Others think that the true function of a university should be to give access to knowledge for its own sake, regardless of whether the course is useful to an employer.
What, in your opinion, should be the main function of a university?
Many people believe that students should be equipped with both knowledge and practical skills during their time at schools. However, others claim that universities should only perform their traditional function which is providing knowledge. This essay sheds light on both point of views and presents my own opinion.
Obviously, practical courses are of tremendous benefits to both graduates and universities. From a personal perspective, students who are well equipped with practical skills have more job opportunities. Undergraduates would have no worries about what to do after graduation. Also, it takes companies and institutions that hire skillful employees no extra time to train them. Consequently, this acts as a precursor to building up the university's reputation in the labor market.
Still, there are some reasons to argue that knowledge is the only necessary thing to be taught at schools. Firstly, undergraduates would have more time to acquire mastery in their academic fields once they do not have to spend time participating in practical courses. Teaching would be more effective and students' knowledge would be dramatically improved. Obviously, education quality would be raised and the universities could also acquire reputations, yet in the academic fields.
In my opinion, undergraduates should be provided with both knowledge and practical skills. This would facilitate students' building careers after graduation. Although strong background means that one can produce work of outstanding quality, practical skills are of the same importance once he happens to deal with problems in work.
To summary, while the benefits of teaching students knowledge allow them to build strong backgrounds in academic fields, some still feel that universities should provide skills that might be necessary in work. However, as long as we keep in mind the importance of practical skills in work contexts, the benefits of teaching them in schools are clearly positive.