Importance of a University Education

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In 2010, with a population of 2.71 million, Jamaica had a tertiary enrolment ratio of 2.29. A recognized higher education institution in Jamaica is an institution offering programmes of study to students who have successfully completed secondary education. Through this, the development of Universities in Jamaica has evolved. These include several colleges and universities which has served a limited number of Jamaican students over the years. These included the largest campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the College of Arts, Science, and Technology (CAST) today known as the University of Technology (UTECH). But are Jamaicans using this to their advantage, to manipulate the art of gaining knowledge? Universitas magistrorum et scholarium, A community of scholars and teachers. From the initial name one can already paint a picture in their mind of what a University really is. Dating back to the 11th century universities were places of study for some of the worlds most advanced individuals at that time. Universities were in fact built to stimulate the minds of those who dear to venture to higher levels, boasting studies in the arts, law, medicine and theology. Like many institutions universities also doubled as places of worship and religious instructions. With this in mind it could be said that the primary importance of a university was to upgrade scholars who seek to achieve more while leading them on the right part religion wise. Over time as the world’s school curriculum expanded and universities began to absorb new subject areas and formulating new courses which have somehow changed the idea. Instead of entertaining scholars and teachers, individuals now attend universities to learn how to become advanced by building on skills we learned at the secondary level.

The educational system was slow to reach most Jamaicans until the early 1970s. Even after the abolition of slavery, education...
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