There is no denying the fact that investment — both by the government and private investors — in higher education in the country has increased significantly over the years, contributing to massive increase in numbers of public and private universities and thus increased scopes for the country’s youth to get university education. However, there has always been question with regard to the standard of education these universities offer to their students. One of the most potent reasons for which the universities of the country are poorly ranked in the global ranking of universities is that education provided here is far below the global standard. In most cases, education provided in our universities is not compatible to job market demands. As a corollary of this disconnect between the needs of the market and the courses offered by higher education institutions the numbers of unemployed and underemployed graduate are ever on the rise.
In today’s world, the way employability is assessed puts much more emphasis on universities’ capability to get their graduates into jobs that go with their degree discipline than students’ willingness for a career. Therefore, an improved understanding of graduate career paths and the sharing of knowledge between universities and businesses are what we need in our higher education sector in order to produce workforce befitting the present job market.
That our universities have thus far done poorly to this end is a clear reflection of the fact that the authorities and policymakers have failed to address this crucial area aptly. But if we, as a nation, really want to take the lead in this highly competitive world, there is no alternative for us than to producing knowledge-based and skilled human resources. And for that reason our universities and colleges that produce graduates must show more purposefulness in their works.