Tongji University in China has teamed with local businesses in the development of a "real world" banking system that now enables students to master technical skills that are immediately transferrable to enterprises.
You are right about faculty resistance. There is certainly the need to foster collaborations between the academia and the enterprise. But how easy can that be? Some faculties spend their sabbatical year in the industry, but not many have that opportunity.
This is an exciting model, Mary. And, as you and Mary point out, it moves beyond the traditional technical teaching that has not been as relevant.
The example of educating people to solve business problems makes great sense and should open the door to industry in recognizing the value of knowledge and knowledge workers. Hopefully, this will stimulate more business/education programs that will demonstrate positive results.
Good point, Mary. Academics tend to gravitate to an ivory tower, don't they, where they appear most concerned with how their colleagues perceive them. Not the best place for innovative thinking relative to the real markets.
Thanks for this informative video, Mary. A big complaint about technical education stateside has been its lack of relevance to the real world of IT work. That's a bit puzzling, since most technical universities have large and profitable research arms. Getting students involved in the real work of technology can pay off enormously all around. It seems to be a matter of taking advantage of what's already there.
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