Vice-Chancellor Of Lancaster University Ghana Says Industry Must Come Clear On What Skills They Really Want Students To Be Good At

The Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University Ghana, Professor Mark E. Smith in his response to an interview question challenged industry players to clearly articulate what skills they want the students to be good at.

“But the honest thing is often industries themselves are not really clear what it is they want in those skills, so they don’t articulate well what it is that they need”, He said when asked for his opinion on the connection between Ghanaian academia and the industries after the inauguration ceremony of Lancaster University Ghana’s extension campus.

He agrees that education obviously should have the core content of academics but more importantly, it should also be about the skills.

Professor Smith is therefore calling for a healthy dialogue between industry and academia to determine what should be the key components in education and states that industry players have to be clear on what they really want students to be good at.

“They really have to be clear as to what they want the students to be good at, so you talk about innovation, entrepreneurship and all of these things but what does that really mean in terms of what they actually want people to do?”, He said.

Industries have always criticized institutions of higher learning especially Universities for not feeding the job market with employable graduates. Their criticism really is that employable skills they need are not embedded within the academic curriculum or broader education that students receive. So they have to spend huge sums of money and resources to train and equip them with the necessary skills in order to operate effectively in the working environment.

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