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Study questions that universities do not teach what companies require

SD. In spite of the fact that the country’s business sector has identified knowledge in the management of collections, corporate communication, human resource management and project management as priorities for their personnel, a study carried out in six universities found that these are subjects of least impact in the classrooms.

The research found as worrisome the fact that in 86 of the 178 courses analyzed, teamwork is applied as a teaching mechanism, but the methodology that is used is reduced to work in a group, producing graduates that are employed by the companies that have difficulty in distributing job loads according to talents, providing accountability and cooperating in an efficient manner.

The study “Business priorities and areas of knowledge and university programs in the business environment,” presented yesterday by the National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE), sought to give a follow-up to a first evaluation carried out in 2013 which determined the priority areas for the companies.

It was carried out over six months by the J. Malagon & Associates consulting firm, and was based on the academic curriculum for Business Administration, International Business, Marketing, Accounting and Hotel Administration of the Unibe, UCE, UNPHU, Intec, Apec and PUCMM universities. The Autonomous University of Santo Domingo was not included because they are undergoing curricular reforms.

“The study has a limited scope, but it is revealing,” said José Oviedo, who carried out the research together with the former Secretary of Education Jacqueline Malagon.

The businessmen observed that although accounting and finance appear as one of the areas most talked about among the courses, a significant group of employers suggest that much of their employees coming from this course of study showed little up-to-date knowledge within a context that requires that they be among the most competent due to audits, taxes, technology and the need for transparency.

Internships and professors

The businessmen said that many professors do not work in companies and therefore have little practical experience about what they are teaching.

Some indicated that there exists an abyss between the conceptual learning of planning and the reality of planning in a company environment.

They question that few internships are developed, which produces a lack of hands-on knowledge regarding the real challenges that are presented in planning. They said that there is an elite with good training and a large number of graduates with deficits.


The ANJE argued for the universities, training centers and institutes to adopt measures to strengthen their courses of study, according to the needs of the business sector. They called attention to the fact that Human Resource Management and Project Management are priorities for businesses. According to the study, 38% of the companies mentioned human resource management and 44% project management as priorities, and only 15 of the 178 subjects examined cover the first area and 16 cover the second.

The companies also gave priority to knowledge of market intelligence and marketing as well as sales.

Source: DiarioLibre

March 20, 2015

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