There have always been debates on whether courses being offered in various universities are in line with the economic needs of society. With the level development witnessed in different sector of the economy, universities are considered rightful places to produce citizens who are capable of steering society’s economic needs higher (Miller, 2010). There is a need for reforms on the courses being offered in various universities to be in-line with basic economic needs of the society.
Most university across the world seems to be in the for-profit business with the marketable commodity being degree. These universities do not work for the common good of providing intangible product, which is education. Universities, according to Miller (2010), should be focused on how to transfer knowledge and not only how to transfer workplace skills, which is what most universities seem to be doing. Universities are not meant to prepare students for a career but to provide them with the knowledge of understanding their society with an aim of finding a lasting solution.
The courses that are being offered in universities should be those that are capable of preparing students to understand some of the problems facing their society and how best such problems can be solved (Willetts, 2014). While vocational schools focus on transferring workplace skills to student for economic benefit through getting employment, university should only facilitate the transfer of knowledge and help in furthering learning regardless of whether it will have economic advantage to the student or not.
In conclusion, there is the need for the courses to be more practical to the economic challenges that the society is facing. According to Shaheen (2011), when the courses are practical, the student will be able to relate easily what is learned in university and the practical situation on the ground.