Every domain has to undergo changes at some point in time to ensure contiguity and to adapt to the changes in world. Higher educations is no different, and higher education changes seem to realize the need to implement certain changes.
I do believe higher education institutions need to change the way of teaching. Two-third of students attend universities to secure “financial stability”, yet we still see high numbers of under-employment” ( 6 Reason Why Higher Educations Needs to be Disrupted, 2019). There is a general questioning of how university qualifications translate to work, with a growing number of employers expressing reservations about graduates’ job-readiness and potential to add immediate value to the workplace”, which raise some questions about how much a good job do universities prepare students for jobs once they graduate and how useful what is taught is besides the seats of classroom.
Lectures and courses taught should be given with some application level, allowing students to sense how would they use this theoretical knowledge in their careers. Lectures should include higher skills need in the job market, real-life problems, practical discussions and intellectual analysis rather than the same set of notes taught from year to year. Students need to value the knowledge offered to them, and held accountable of preparing for a more advanced interaction inside the classrooms, increasing their critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities.
Changes could force student to look into course notes before coming to class, undergo an assessment and then, based on this, be allowed to participate in further class discussions and advanced problem-solving. This doesn’t have to be the only way to change, but it one suggestion to rather increase the effectiveness of role of higher education institutions in better preparing students to emerge within jobs with higher levels of practical knowledge needed in work, and therefore increase their value and chances in the job-market.