What Should Be the Main Function Of A University

2014-11-12 Beijing

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?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. Write at least 250 words.

Notice: this is my practice writing which may be the worst approach.I am glad to receive any kind of advises(grammar or misuse, etc).

Recently, what kind of knowledge should a university provide its graduates with has been increasingly popular. Some of us hold the view that universities should teach their students job-related skills.But others do not agree, they think that universities should mainly focus on teaching theoretical knowledge. Personally,I agree with the later view.

The basic knowledge, many of which have been developing for hundred of years and have been refined by countless of experts, is significantly important to a university student. Without it, they can not form their systematic knowledge of their professions which will lead to serious results, for instance, they may be unable to do complex jobs. That is why many people think that the universities should pay more attention on teaching basic knowledge.

What is more, companies concern about the ability of solving problems and the ability to learn fast more than job skills. Many renowned companies, such as google and facebook, ask a lot of basic questions in their job interviews. They believe that, if you are able to learn the basic lessons well at school, you can soon become a skilled employee after professional trainings. So, if a university teaches basic knowledge better, it can anticipate more competitive graduates.

As to the job-related skills, the technology used in industry is developing extraordinarily fast that the universities can not keep pace with it.It is hard for them to decide what is the best skill for their students. However, they should not totally ignore the requirements of the job market,alternatively, they can invite some companies to their campus to introduce what kind of skill they want.

In summary, although the main goal of going to universities of many students is finding a ideal job after graduating, universities should help their students to build a good knowledge system and help them to be quick learners and problem solvers instead of just teaching them job-related skills.