the primary purpose of a university?


To what extent has the primary purpose of a university to make the students good citizens changed?

Citizenship Education
University Teaching
Wasim Safdar
13 months ago

3 answers


I believe a great teacher, and education in general, should teach students to ask questions, form hypotheses, seek answers, and master content through exploration and dialogue with their peers, professors and professionals within the discipline being studied. In other words, it should be the goal of education to equip students with the necessary tools to be active learners and critical thinkers, in that they do not accept the ideas, beliefs, or concepts which others may place upon them, without seeking to discover for themselves whether these notions have any worth or validity. This to me is the primary purpose of education (regardless of the level) vs. making students good citizens.

Vic Clesceri
13 months ago
I agree with you Vic Clesceri, interesting insight. - Wasim 13 months ago
Well said. - David 12 months ago

Now everyone is looking for shortcuts--jobs is the priority, as I see with my interactions with students.

Bo Chen
13 months ago
Try vocational schools, - David 12 months ago

The definition of 'good citizens' has changed over time and so has the overall role of university. Earlier it was to create wow knowledge seekers & creators, now its that and also wow value creators and disruptive solutions to challenges faced by business, societies and nations. From national to global, from academics to business & technology, this education priorities' shift is creating tech savvy, business prudent & socially sensitive scholars. These scholars are no longer working in their academic silos but are now business value driven. This helps them to integrate their research better with evolving social, business & technology problems/challenges faced by the world. Hence I would say that university education is now more adaptive, tech savvy and socially useful and its students are more globally aware and business connected. This bottom-line driven shift is good for everyone as it gives a definite direction to education and research.

Anshumali Saxena
12 months ago
Agreed; workforce development - David 12 months ago

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