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Higher education is useful and important!
Originally posted by changzhou007 at 2007-1-30 14:40
Somehow, the voice of the president of my university in China is resonating now, "It does not matter what you are going to study at my university, we will teach you how to learn and how to adapt, and how to unlearn, you will be benefited from that for your lifetime."
A few years later, the chancellor of my graduate school on the other side of pacific ocean was making a speech: "...It does not matter which field you will go into, at my college, We will teach you how to fish that will feed you for your lifetime..."
Were they coincident? No, most of the top universities (Ivy League) have been saying the same things! Most of my friends have shared the same sentiments.
In a word, "Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime".
I am not sure that the message of my previous posting (above) got across to you and was received and understood. Let me say it in another way.
The higher education at the universities not only offers you the general knowledge, but also teaches you the ways of how to think critically, how to tackle the problems from different angles, how to face and adapt the new changes in the future, how to develop the habits of life-long learning, etc. In other words, the universities help you to lay the solid foundation of the basic knowledge and skills and mindset.
Armed with this potent weapons of your solid basic knowledge and skills and can-do mindset, you will have the confidence to face the much tougher and bigger world outside the charming and tranquil campus. The key thing is that your skill-set and knowledge are transferable and convertible. As long as you know the efficient ways to learn and adapt, you will grasp the new things.
You may argue that you have been witnessing a lot of people who have moved up to the top only have high school diploma, because of their experiences and hand-on abilities. This is only small part of the whole stories.
Why have I said that? For the last decades, the driving forces of our economy are small businesses, and the labor intensive industries from assembly plants to book-keeping or bill-of-lading paperwork offices. As our industries move up to the next level, at which more sophisticated manufacturing/system designs and more automated business processes must be needed, your higher education will play more important roles, and pay more dividend back to you. Simply put it, your market value will be much higher. Survival of the fittest?
Besides, here are a few questions.
1. Would you be able to imagine how the multinational corporations at their headquarters operate?
2. How do these giants or monsters automate or semi-automate their business processes, such as, logistic process, supply chain, just-in-time inventories, invoicing, accounting and financial planning?
3. As more and more medium size companies in China are merging and consolidating to form the giants or monsters to compete nationally and internationally, they must be run efficiently and professionally, Your higher education counts a lot. What do you think?:)
[ Last edited by changzhou007 at 2007-2-8 04:08 AM ]