Leaving the books brought to you by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board or similar authorities, a student in universities are exposed to a more specialised curriculum. New Age Youth has spoken with students about their experience with university curriculum.
How does the courses, books and philosophies that you read influence you and prepares you for the future? In what ways, this curriculum helps you decide your future?
Ishrak Ahmed Resham
Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology
Almost all universities arrange their curriculums in a way that help students to gain more knowledge and prompted them to interact with the society and world. Most fundamentally universities exist to continue the intellectual and personal development of young people. It will help them to gain the skills and knowledge they will need to carry out their plans of life and to help them fulfill their capacities as citizens, creators, and leaders. A university education should be provided in an environment in which the young person is challenged and assisted in the process of expanding and deepening his or her intellectual capabilities. We might put these ideas in more practical terms by saying that a university education allows the student to develop the capabilities s/he will need to succeed in a career and to make productive contributions to the society of the future. This is exactly how the exposed curriculums help a person to think more about his/her own future and to decide it better. As a matter of fact, no university arranges their curriculum to fail their students. However, sometimes the overexposed topics take a toll on the students to think freely or study in their own soothing rhythm due to the excessive study pressure. This is why it’s important to study subjects that are of your own calibre and not go with the flow when it’s about choosing your future.
In most of the cases, specialised curriculums of higher education in this society fail to assist the students to apply their academic learning in their professional life. The curriculum of my major international relations has nurtured my understanding about the world as well as my interpersonal skill. It has opened up its multidisciplinary door to me and allowed me to study different areas of the world. I learned about democracy, my rights, and duties as an active citizen and it consolidated of my understanding to use my discretion in a better way. However, I never got a chance to have any pragmatic learning experience. It is not designed in my academic structure. I studied about hundreds of political and philosophical theories for my exams but it was very difficult to find anyone to discuss about it. Most of us are after a good grade in examinations than acquiring that wisdom. I do not consider my academic curriculum as a reliable instrument to decide my future. One of the reasons is that the job market is not very friendly towards my study field. Even if we somehow manage to get a desired job, the chance of our moral practice as an educated person is not guaranteed because corruption is deeply rooted in the public academic institutions which groomed us up. Despite these facts I still am positive about my future in my specialized study field and I am confident that my hard work would eventually pay me off.
Noor Ul Huda
University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
Behind every school and every teacher there is a set of ideals that influences their students to walk the extra mile and harness the knowledge that will drive them towards success. I for one was always adamant to read whether it’s a text book or a novel or even the newspaper. I have relied heavily on air media content in the form of a video or a talk show. It all changed once I got into university and hit the curb. Dead to the beat, that is what I felt. At the beginning of my freshman year, university was very dank for me. My beliefs and the portrayal of society was not on par with what books or philosophies we read. A little more was asked from me every time I turned the pages and smelled that tang of acid and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness of the paperback that shouted ‘Reality’. Fiction is not reality cried the paperback, and I took a leap of faith and indulged into this dynamic paradox.
The principles set by university standards are perfect for students to adjust to a step by step process. Effort and time is what took me to realise that and adapt to it. In one field of study, open electives are the most nerve wrecking as one might face, but it’s alright! It doesn’t hurt to learn a little rather than be totally oblivious about it. The stepping stones are arranged from novice to specialist (sort of a way) and it is up to the ‘student’ how well s/he responds to it. Calibre is heightened by the will and tough grind. Books and fundamentals are the key to knowledge and, it grows with time and allows you to become familiar with and use the inspired ideas from great minds outside your field of work. Some theories are better off in the books and incomparable in practice.
Though the courses or curriculum I’m studying are basically based on literature they helped me to look through the world in a bit different perspective. The books which I read expose different stories related to life which help me to understand the society well. Now I can look through the society in a broader sense and have learnt to accept things more easily. I have developed an understanding of human psyche better than before. The curriculum has helped me to decide what to do in life by creating a pool of opportunities for me. It has helped me to look out for challenging work sectors. On the whole, I can conclude that the curriculum I am studying didn’t bind me in limitations rather it has allowed me to look exceeding the boundaries. I have read somewhere recently, ‘education is not about transferrals of information, but about gaining perspective of the world.’