University marketing in twilight
University marketing is traditionally an attempt to convince students of the qualities of their own university.
Now the word gets a whole new meaning: to convince sponsors to take over the costs for individual courses.
Good education is not just for the labor market
A practice that I see with mixed feelings. For example, because certain subjects close to the economy tend to benefit from funding but others fall behind. In addition, good education can not focus primarily on the requirements of the labor market:
Too much is subject to these economic fluctuations. Especially with regard to the violent discussions on the subject of professional deficit, such links are to be enjoyed with caution.
Alternatives to government funds?
On the other hand, the state is increasingly withdrawing from its educational mission, so it is no wonder that higher education institutions are looking for new ways of funding, for example in the private sector.
In turn, this cooperation also benefits from this cooperation: they reach their employees in spe directly at the university. And the students could also benefit from company contacts through internships or job search. A win-win situation for all?
Company lament missing transparency ...
Somehow not. Because the paying companies complain now - allegedly lack of transparency, bad organization and too much bureaucracy. The Queb business association, which includes 44 companies such as Allianz, BASF and Deutsche Bahn, has even issued a press release.
In this, the association points misleadingly euphemistically to the pricing of the universities by companies (meaning the sponsoring!). So it is said: “Generally speaking, Queb supports the pricing of such events and considers them to be legitimate to a reasonable extent. However, it should be a prerequisite that the funds received are then used transparently for independent, dedicated initiatives of the universities or the respective departments. If this is not the case, Queb firmly rejects such pricing. ”
... or too little influence?
In plain language, that means that the companies want to have more say in the thematic design of theCourses. And also the high bureaucratic effort, the fact that from the chair, over the career center up to the facility management all want to have a say, bumps the company badly.
How contradictory, on the one hand, to demand more transparency, but at the same time to complain about democratic decision-making processes! But where does the journey go, it becomes clear when you read what Susanne Hüsemann, Managing Director of Queb, has to say: “In addition, many of Queb's member companies complain about the inadequate organization of the events on site - the prices are difficult to understand. It is also striking that the events, when booked through student organizations, are often much cheaper than when they are organized directly at the universities. ”
“Students are cheaper!”
Say: The companies are the prices too high. And since it is cheaper for student organizations, it should also make the universities cheaper. Especially with the students, the organizational effort is indeed less. Can only I find that this is a bit like comparing apples to pears?
In the end, the universities are openly threatened to resort to student organizations! Education, the most important resource of our economic future, is not a salable commodity in an oriental bazaar that should be chess-priced!
Broad educational support instead of short-term needs coverage
If companies were serious with their statement that they would promote education, they would promote a broad educational offer and not just use constrained funding for projects that only serve short-term corporate purposes.
Transparency is certainly useful - but then please also transparency about the goals of the companies and their influence on the content! Otherwise there is a danger that learning content will quickly become empty!
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