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United Daily News: Pastry chef's bid for EMBA degree

United Daily News: Pastry chef's bid for EMBA degree

Champion pastry chef Wu Pao-chun was reported to be seeking to study in Singapore after his applications to enter an executive MBA (EMBA) program in Taiwan were invariably rejected because he does not hold a bachelor's degree. Meanwhile, there is another news story about a Ph.D holder who makes a living by selling fried chicken cutlets. These two stories provide a comparison between "the price of academic qualifications" and "the value of knowledge." They also highlight the underlying formalism in Taiwan's education system. From a certain perspective, it is not a bad thing for people to study more. But in light of the huge government spending to support higher education, it is an extreme waste of resources if graduates cannot practice what they have learned. If parents and students see studies as a kind of "investment," they should clearly recognize the "price" and "value" of diplomas and weigh their choices carefully. Thanks to the excellent performance of people such as Wu Pao-chun and fashion designer Jason Wu in their respective professions, the personal values of young people in Taiwan are gradually changing. They are realizing that anyone can have an unlimited future, whether he is a baker, designer, carpenter, chef or auto repair technician. It is parents and the older generation who need to change their outdated view that academic achievements are more important than anything else. They should learn to respect young people's pursuit of their dreams and have more confidence in the saying "every trade has its master." There is also a need for greater flexibility in the education system to encourage breakthroughs and create an "all roads lead to Rome" environment. The Ministry of Education should work to restore the status of universities as a place for the pursuit of knowledge, instead of a diploma vendor. (Editorial abstract -- March 22, 2013) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-06-13 20:24 GMT+08:00