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03/30/2017

To What Extent Should University Courses Geared to Economic Needs of Society?

Higher education courses that universities offer serve as passport for every citizen to enter the corporate world. It can also elevate the status of a lower-ranking person in the society and provide financial stability. Thus, education system in any country should be up-to-date and geared to the economic needs of the society. According to the forecast of Institute for Public Policy Research “only a third of new jobs will be high-skilled roles for graduates in the next 10 years.” (2010) The report also suggests that there would be a mismatch of skills in the labor market.

The world of employment is a competitive realm. A research conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development shows this current situation. “The mismatch with the number of university leavers and the jobs appropriate for their skills has left UK with more than 50% of its graduates work for non-graduate jobs.” (2015) Therefore, universities should offer courses that would equip every student with the skills that will not only help them to survive, but to shine. Business Administration, Engineering, Computer Science, Commerce and Foreign Language are just few of the courses that will sustain the society’s economic needs. The government should mandate that universities should tailor the courses towards the economic advantage of the society. Vocational training and university degree are both essential in satisfying the society’s economic needs. Practical subjects should not only be offered in vocational schools. Universities should combine practical subjects and academic subjects to ensure the skill development and professionalism of the student population. Universities should offer program courses that would hone students’ skills and enable them to find jobs easily.

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