Changing learners is a monumental task, more so as a large number of learners come from the rural areas of Bangladesh. Shifting the paradigm from “lecture only” to a “learning environment” where learners actively participate in the learning process requires a change in mind-set that involves not only the teachers, but the administration and the students themselves. Many students find it difficult to come out of the “exam-suggestion” mentality – to them memorizing is the way to go, as this is what they have done throughout their education days. This is more so as the teachers and the administration staff have themselves only experienced “pure lecture” delivery systems throughout their lives.
"One who does not process information has no advantage over who can’t - What is this statement about?"
If we take into consideration the above statement in human terms, processing information means “Critical Thinking”. Computers free us from the efforts of memorizing and recalling facts. We can access the facts from the computer as and when needed, then use our minds to “process” the information to solve problems to improve our life. Facts then become tools to solve problems rather than becoming a memory burden. Our education system invests too much time in getting students to learn facts; students are given little opportunity to practice the critical thinking skills to apply these facts and become ready for the real world.
The paradigm is now, “students find things they want to learn in a subject and creatively solve problems”. The list of facts they use is no longer the most important thing. If students are interested in what they are doing, the logical consequence is they will learn to “access”, “process”, and “communicate” information wherever it is available.
Learners in developed countries want to experience learning and develop confidence in the subject. Equally, employers in Bangladesh look for graduates with appropriate subject and employability skills – they do not want graduates who can memorize text and simply reproduce when needed. As a developing nation, Bangladesh needs problem solvers and nation builders.
The initiative of academia-industry collaboration is the key to prepare the students for the corporate world outside and help them sustain in this highly competitive world. When it comes to the demand of professionals in the market, one with the industry knowledge is at an edge as compared to others. As such the urgent need of making the students employable or in other terms industry ready has compelled the educational institutions making an industry interface.
HRDI partners with local and international institutions to understand the trends and challenges in the dynamic business world and works together with them to prepare the students of Bangladesh to have a holistic blend of hard and soft skills. The aim is to make our students “Industry Ready” both for local and overseas job markets and also to help the industries to find the “Right and Ready” workforce.
"Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions"…… Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.