There is a strong evidence to suggest that university-industry interactions are extremely valuable for students—both in terms of their academic performance and employability skills. These opportunities may alleviate barriers to employment for graduates and hold considerable value for the students’ personal and professional development, and should be encouraged and provided as opportunities to all wherever possible.
Motivated students are always interested to learn more in their field. Those who are keen to learn can achieve better.
As a banker, I believe in taking my team to various colleges for visits.
The objective is educating business students with practical financial skills as well as motivating them with industry experiences. By doing this, we have been able to receive good feedbacks from both the teaching staff and students.
When it comes to knowledge, there are different kinds of knowledge and a variety of ways to acquiring them.
On the one hand there is theory that we gain from course books in colleges. And on the other hand, there is practical application of the theory, which can be acquired from the industry. Both aspects are important for today’s graduates. Such interactions between students and industry prepare the graduates for their next level when it comes to being employed. They also help to bridge the gap.
During my interactions with students of late I have found excitement and eagerness among them to learn.
Most of these students are clear about goals and they are quite visionary. But lack of interactions with the industry often, it seems, has made them a little confused.
It is no doubt that these graduates are the pillars of a nation and the financial services industry is one of the backbones of a nation’s economy. In today’s world, the global market has become increasingly risky and is becoming more vulnerable by the day. It is for these reasons today’s youths are likely to experience more challenges in future.
Similarly, the financial service industry has a long history of attracting energetic and ambitious people who are looking for best career opportunities. In contrast, breaking into this field is not always easy because of the level of competition involved.
I strongly believe that to eliminate the gap between academia and industry, more such interactions should be held.