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Fountain Abani

President, Student Representative Council of UOWD, University of Wollongong in Dubai

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Universities that pride themselves on developing future global leaders are actually failing in this regard. Do you agree or disagree?

It seems like the curriculum that various higher colleges of learning are using to prepare future leaders lack the relevant framework and competences to develop global leaders in the face of globalization.

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  • Apr 27 2013: I am only a freshman in university at the moment, but I feel as this issue is a very pressing, and relevant matter. The university system, especially the liberal arts universities, were designed to throw many ideas at a student, and see which stuck; which idea grabbed them and motivated them. However, with the economy the way it is for young college graduates, it seems to me that more and more institutions at the high school level are trying to steer students away from things they are interested in, and more towards "practical" alternatives, so by the time they reach university, they put themselves on a path that they may have no interest in.

    Perhaps one of the reasons parents and educators steer children away from writing, theatre, and dance is because society sees the arts as extracurricular activities. In a working society, going to see a movie, or a musical, or buying a book for pleasure, is seen as excess. Something that is fun once and a while, but not necessary to your job or success. Maybe that's why parents want their children to find jobs with purpose, such as being a doctor, or a lawyer, at least that is my belief.

    As a theatre student who studied Shakespeares contribution to the world in highschool, I find this viewpoint completely wrong. We seem very content to push ideas of creativity out, and replace them with "useful" skills, leaving our passions to be reduced to hobbies and weekend activities. Personally I find that being able to express myself creatively through writing gives me more pleasure than anything I've currently been taught, and also allows me to present my work to my peers who enjoy reading what I've created.

    Perhaps this is all the ramblings of a frustrated teenager on the verge of adulthood. But deep down, I see the current method of education as, not wrong, but unfairly skewed in favor of "practical" over creative.

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