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Should China focus more on vocational training? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2019-4-14 07:49:55 |Display all floors
cmknight Post time: 2019-4-13 22:32
Trades training should also be voluntary. As it is now, if you don't pass your senior middle school  ...

The problem with university education is that it’s mostly academic and elitist with very little practical value. This is especially true in “liberal arts” colleges in Western countries. In China, it’s somewhat similar in that college graduates seldom have any real-world experience in an industrial environment. So they end up doing office work or going into sales jobs because they’re not trained to do factory work. As China automates its factories, more IT workers are needed to program and operate the robots manning the production lines. If these college graduates don’t have the hands-on experience, they won’t survive in industrial environments. There is a huge mismatch in the industrial skills required in high-tech factories and the bookish learning of academic education.

This is called the Ivory Tower Trap.

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sfphoto Post time: 2019-4-14 07:49
The problem with university education is that it’s mostly academic and elitist with very little p ...

At the same time,you have to remember that in order for those robots to assemble, there must be parts to assemble, first, and there have to be people to maintain those robots. You still need the grassroots trades, such as machinists, tool & die makers, and millwrights. Without those people, there is nothing to program.
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cmknight Post time: 2019-4-14 22:25
At the same time,you have to remember that in order for those robots to assemble, there must be pa ...

That’s what I meant: If college graduates with Computer Science degrees don’t know anything about factory work, then how are they going to program those robots to do factory work? This same dilemma applies to every field because IT is expected to become pervasive across all industries not just manufacturing. A good example is healthcare: AI is now being used to diagnose diseases. If Computer Science graduates don’t understand medical technology, how are they supposed to program those AI machines?

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