"Visions of World Benefit & Global Responsibility: Perspectives of McGill Students

Friday, August 3, 2007


In the 21st century, management education should become a broader field then simply consisting of the classical accounting, finance and marketing courses. Management students should acquire basic knowledge about the world around them, not simply business skills. Therefore arts and political classes should be added to the curriculum for students to be aware of the problems in the 21st century since current students will become tomorrow’s leaders. They need to be given the necessary tools to succeed, but first they need to be aware of the problems and they need to be motivated into finding a solution. Also, in the final year, it should be compulsory for students to attend brainstorming sessions. Groups of about twenty students would meet on a weekly basis throughout the semester and discuss given global issues. Students would just throw in thoughts and ideas. Putting the students’ minds together could lead to great findings while being a valuable experience for the students.

In an ideal management course, the theory is covered through real life examples. There can be some pure theory teaching, but this must be very brief since students should be able to read it themselves out of textbooks. Class time should be dedicated to real applications of theory, analysis of situations and problem solving since learning is always greater through experience. Classes should be formed in such a way as to encourage more discussion between students and professors since professors are specialist of their fields. Students can greatly benefit from their expertise. Finally, I think class size should be reduced to build a stronger, more intimate teacher-student relationship.

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