Nowadays, an increasing number of people are concerned about the purposes that university education serves. However, whether they should provide job -related skills or pure knowledge to graduates has caused heated debate. From my respective, I strong agree with the view that practical skills should be the main focus of universities for the following reasons.
First of all, it is obvious that for most students, the purpose of receiving university education is to obtain special knowledge and skills, which will enable them to become qualified employees in the future job market. What this will lead to is that most of them, after graduation, will enter the workplace, earn their living and raise their own families. So, universities, as service providers, have to give top priority to these customers’ real needs.
Moreover, there is no doubt that focusing on the job – related skills can benefit the university itself. For example, the science fiction blockbuster “Avatar” has marked a milestone in the filmmaking industry and sparked massive interest in 3D technology. If a university can quickly respond and consolidate teaching resources to offer courses regarding 3D, not only will its graduates be more competitive in the near future, but the university itself will keep pace with the modern technological development and more forward.
That is not to say that universities should not pay any attention to pure scientific research. There are, of course, students interested in theoretical knowledge such as math and philosophy, and they will later become scientists and scholars who will make greater contributions to our society.
In conclusion, the major function of universities should be providing students with job -related skills, guaranteeing high rate of employment, and thus making the society function well. Meanwhile, we should not ignore the other important roles university are undertaking. Only by doing so can university maintain dynamic and sustainable development.