On Oct. 14, 2015, 10:26 a.m. by Hussain Almohri
It doesn't take a long time or a genius mind to observe the degrading academic performance in Kuwait (and by induction perhaps the entire region). Students often try hard to bypass any intellectual challenge, avoid the learning process all together, and spend their energy on cosmetics, fashion, trends, politics, or even student activities on campus depending on the gender, age, and their seniority in college. It is understandable that high academic achievements may not be a possibility for all students with the diverse background and living conditions. However, one question remains unanswered as why students do not even attempt to improve their standing point and exploit the brilliant opportunities in college to build their scientific, practical, and professional skills?
With my recent experience as a professor at Kuwait University, I have observed a key factor when it comes to the overall performance of Computer Science students. This key factor which heavily impacts their performance lies in the absolute lack of a goal oriented academic carrier. Students naturally upgrade from high school to college, not as a career building plan, but as a common social activity. They do not pursue clear goals and have no strong motivation except for earning a degree that will automatically qualify them for a government job with a predictable payroll. Since their childhood, students are not actively encouraged to build a better future, to depend on self skills, and to effectively cooperate with others.
Moreover, students are not prepared, while in college, for attracting job hunters from private companies let alone the lack of incentives to build their own small businesses. Simple preparation techniques such as having a well formatted curriculum vitae (C.V.) is a visible negative point in our college graduates. Students surprisingly do not know about the necessity of developing a C.V. or making their C.V. look professional. They do not gain the required writing skills, the English proficiency, or the appropriate professional training in college.
As educators, I believe in the possibility of drastic improvements in the future of our college students through proper training, professional skill enhancements, continuous performance monitoring, and directed advising with the goal of graduating highly professional and self developing individuals that can drive the future of our economy.