Responsibility of educating and training

Our responsibility in education faces a serious challenge that can only be met by dedicated educators , researchers and  high caliber of leaders . Dedicated educators and researchers are needed since  higher education is known as a guardian of value, a house of learning, a house of culture, the nation’s conscience and the agent of change, whereas high caliber of leaders are needed to raise the level of systems and strategic thinking.

Guided reading and extracts: LIEKE RIADI, THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EDUCATION,  http://bit.ly/1Ibwbmn

Summary

Our responsibility in educating future generations  consists of our roles in learning and research activities. Our role in learning includes teaching, curriculum development and learning assessment to enrich our students to be effective in solving the most problem of tomorrow and coping with changes. We develop curriculum to the best meet needs of most our students, implement and assess continuously, we structure courses to make learning easier. Those are our responsibility in helping students learn.

Our role in research activities  as educational  researchers are to be a mentor for future researcher and to give  research directions for the sustainability of  our globe and the benefit of mankind. As a mentor for future researchers, we need to train future generation researchers  in several issues:

  • how  to learn the nature of science and  the process of science ,
  • how to write and review manuscripts, how to obtain funding,
  • how to manage a research project,
  • how to learn  the professional standard and ethical values.

The research direction for the next future will rely on rapid changes in our environmental, ecological, social issues and in the restructuring of industries. The positive and negative sides of the research development  will influence research direction for the next generation of researchers. I will  give some examples in various research arenas such as  biotechnology and genetic engineering, environmental, and  energy since these areas bring  great challenge and opportunity to the sustainability of  our globe.

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As we understand that education sector need to be  responsible in educating future generations,  we are obliged to look in more deeply  the role of education itself.

It has been identified that  the major roles of higher education in the 21st century are:

  • creation of learning society,
  • life long learning,
  • regional economic development,
  • technological innovation,
  • social cohesion,
  • pure research and scholarship, and
  • public accountability.

Our core activities remain to be in teaching and research with emphasis on knowledge transfer. Strengthening links with community and the business sits side by side with our teaching and research activities.

We are aware that we are in the middle of an extraordinary time of change, both in the exponential growth of new opportunities, rapid change in our environmental, ecological, social issues and in the restructuring of industries. The rapid change is indeed inevitable. We face limited employment opportunities, little real economic production, a declining standard of living, a widening gap between the “haves and the have-less”, a lack of professionalism and professional honesty, environmental destruction, energy crisis and  the  list goes on for many pages.

Our responsibility in education faces a serious challenge that can only be met by dedicated educators , researchers and  high caliber of leaders . Dedicated educators and researchers are needed since  higher education is known as a guardian of value, a house of learning, a house of culture, the nation’s conscience and the agent of change, whereas high caliber of leaders are needed to raise the level of systems and strategic thinking.

When we carry out our core activities which much talk about the major roles of higher education, we have internal and external responsibility. Our internal responsibility relates  to our students and our peers, whereas our external responsibility relates to society.

We need to create a learning society internally and externally, we educate our student to prepare themselves in life long learning, we involve in regional economic development through our research activity, we create technology innovation to be able to cope with changes and to be part in saving the planet, we enhance our social interaction to transfer our knowledge in contributing sustainable livelihood development of humankind. Our pure research and scholarship will enrich our students and  society through our strong networking.

The public accountability is part of education responsibility in promoting trust, transparency, and good governance to the public.

There are four pillars that we need to establish to show our responsibility for education:

  1. learning including curriculum development, learning process and assessment
  2. research activity,
  3. partnership with industries and community  (social cohesion),
  4. public accountability.

Education responsibility in learning is to enrich our future generations with up to date curriculum, good learning process both in the class and outside the class, train them in the many critical and non technical skills that are required to day, educate them to value service to the global community and consider the social, economic and environmental limitations of developing world.

In research, we are responsible to educate future generations to learn  the professional standard and ethical values, to be knowledgeable of the organisms and their variants that might pose a biological hazard, to look in more details at various competing views and values dealing with the cause of pollution , environmental degradation and their relative contribution to a deteriorating quality of life, to evaluate the best opportunities for the production renewable energy by using systems thinking and life cycle analysis.

We are also responsible to show the future research directions by maintaining the strength and alleviate the weakness of  research developments which have been carried out such as in  genetic engineered microbes,  industrial waste water ,  renewable energy ,  domestic waste and water supply.

By implementing  our responsibility to help students learn, to prevent misuse of the discoveries, and consistently educate future generations to search a great interest in sustainability , I believe  that a more sustainable future is ahead of us.

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