How the theories and the applications, must MERGE together, for the workers to have their places to shine through, so the industries will continue to, flourish, to grow stronger, thus, making the country even, better, but, the government still could care LESS, they just want to see the results in the end, and, they don’t examine the nooks and crannies, the nuts, and the bolts, that makes this, whole machine function well, the observations, of the honorary professor of National Tsing Hua University, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…
A lot of people are now, complaining that it’s the education that failed our children, to the point, that when they started working they couldn’t, handle the work assigned to them. This reminded me of my own story.
As I earned my master’s degree, I’d gone to find work. Found an electronics company, my job is to design the circuit boards, but I’d not done that, didn’t even know what the circuits looked like, let alone the functions. But I was blessed with a good manager, who’d taught me everything, and with his help, soon enough, I’d, learned to design the circuits, and started making my own, experiments. Reason why I could easily catch on was because when I was in my studies at N.T.U., I’d done well in the fundamentals of Chinese language, English, and mathematics. As I got the basics down pat, it was quite easy, for me, to learn something, new.
What you’d learned in the schools, can’t be exact with what the industries need, because, there are, hundreds of skills that are different from each other, and, no one university can guarantee, that the students become the jacks of, all trades. But, if the schools (both in the technical high school levels and in the universities) are able, to help the students get the fundamentals down pat, as the students graduated, they will, surely be, able to, tackle the assortments of demands made of them in employment.
And so, my first advice to the theory-application differences is to try to get the students to hone up the fundamental, the basic skills. If the means of education is good, then, surely, the students will use what they learned, to turn the theories into application. I had, specialized in the vacuum tubes, and if I couldn’t transfer into the transistors, then, I may have, amounted to, nothing.
But, the enterprises should also, help the fresh-out-of-college employees, so they can learn while doing. As the head of state from way back when, Sun became the head of Taipower Company, all of the Japanese engineers, and technicians from Japan all exited, the head of state, Sun employed the EE last year students from the technical high school in Taipei, for them to start working in Taipower Company, to teach them the skills. They only had the most fundament conceptual theories of the fields, but, Mr. Sun educated them, to help them make the great contributions to Taipower Company. And, as the Japanese specialists exited the country, it’d not seemed to impact the electricity provisions of Taiwan at all.
Another example, I have a student, who’d often told me about his work. He is a software engineer, the system he uses in work, I’d never heard of. But, he’d not had much troubles in using, because, he had some more experienced coworkers who took the time, to teach him the skills. A company should NOT be complaining constantly on how it can’t find the qualified workers, the company should look at itself, to see if, it’d, taught the skills needed to work there, to all of its, employees, that way, they will excel in the skills they are already working with. The company that hired my student had even, spent the money to get him to be trained in the newer technologies, which all goes to show, that this company knew, how to, train the workers, and keep the workers’ skills, up to date.
Training the professionals isn’t anything easy, the schools certainly needed to make sure that the students have the fundamentals down pat, the enterprises cannot expect that the graduates go into work, with all the skills that matched their needs for the job descriptions, but they need to, make sure, that the employees start, gaining more and more skills, to up their, competitive, edges. The students from the Taipei Skills High School must’ve, helped the former students set up the good foundations, but, it’s, also, due to Sun, the head of state then, who had the wisdoms, for these graduates to put their skills to work, where they’d, counted.
Anyways, we should know, that the quality workers, needed to come out of the school, but, the industries, also, needed to shoulder up the responsibilities to get these students who came out of the schools, excel in the, specific, skills.
And so, this is on the combination of theory AND application, the schools need to make sure that these students gained the needed skills they are required to have, to work well in these, specific skills, and the companies that hired these graduates, also needed to, put the money into, the on-the-job training programs, to get these students who came out of these majors, to have the skills they needed, to work better in the companies too, and, if one of these is missing, then, the chain that originally flowed smoothly will be, broken, and, things won’t work.
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