German economist says business edu needs makeover
KARACHI, July 29: Basic education needs to
be redefined in Pakistan in order to acquire quality business graduates.
Technical intelligence, crucial in the competitive world market, is severely
lacking in business administrators in this country. These comments were made by
Prof. Dr Diether Gebert, a German economist, while talking to us on
Dr Gebert blamed the lack of technical education in Pakistani
students for the reason they were not able to succeed in highly competitive job
markets. "Basically, the fault is in the education system, from top to bottom.
Students graduate from Pakistan hardly learning anything from their academic
courses." Dr Gebert is in Karachi as a visiting professor for Dadabhoy Institute
of Higher Education (DIHE).
An MBA in the Western commercial market is
expected to have technical knowledge, and this has been included in the
educational curriculum of almost all European countries. But Pakistani students
only obtain an academic training, having no experience in technical matters. "An
MBA needs to have business knowledge of marketing as well as of the mechanical
configuration of the machine. It is necessary for better marketing
presentations." According to Dr Gebert, it is in this area that Pakistani
graduates fail in the world market.
He also criticized the admission
criteria of business institutes. According to him, the selection process needs
to become more stringent, so that only the best students could get a chance for
business education. "The Seoul University of Business Studies enrolls only the
top one percent of the students after conducting a nationwide test. Its
graduates are now leading economists all over the world." Dr Gebert believes
that Pakistani students will provide better results in the international market
if the business institutes become more selective.
Dr Gebert also
emphasized the role teachers' play in molding students into successful business
graduates. "A teacher is good only when he can teach his own innovated knowledge
after practical evaluation. He should not deliver a memorized lesson to the
students." Pakistani institutions have a number of qualified faculty members,
but many of them, after becoming teachers, stop attempting to study new ideas or
modifying existing rules. To prevent this trend, Dr Gebert believes that the
teachers' contract system should be revised. "A teacher should be appointed for
five years under the condition of completing his PhD within this period. This
will force the teachers to move ahead towards innovation, and encourage them to
create new concepts in the field of education instead of merely memorizing
knowledge." He also states that the teachers should be expected to publish their
research work in at least one international journal as part of their contract.
Dr Gebert applauded the DIHE for introducing courses combining business
with medicine and engineering. "The DIHE is likely to bring a change in the
field of business education in this society. It's idea of a new campus to
introduce courses combining all three aspects of science - this is what the
western society demands in a graduate." Daily times
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