UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AND THEIR CIRCUMSTANCE: TENDENCY TO THE VIOLENCE
Universidad de Guanajuato (MEXICO)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2013 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Conference name: 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 4-5 March, 2013
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:Young people are considered as a pillar of the world and the hope of man, and a good source of innovation and creativity. This universal thought starts to be broken in the reality of our time. There are millions of voices crying more often concerned about the lack of job opportunities and study for young people, undermining their living conditions, such as structural difficulty of access to consumer goods and services, their individual skills, identity and social understanding, causing thousands of them roam the streets and become criminals. Public universities have the duty to respond to their own time, let each undergraduate student his humanitarian work that is put in front, and be prepared for the life. Meanwhile, higher education should be a social public good, taken as a universal right and a fundamental duty of the modern state. This assessment is essential for the university to have a strategic role in developing countries. This work is part of a wider investigation, conducted with students studying engineering at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico. It uses a quantitative methodology with interpretive contribution. Situations are addressed as a public university finds harder to be public and undergraduate students have a threatening time being sons of their time and their life. This last surrounded by a particular social context under instrumentalists and financial rules of the free market. Preliminary results show that the undergraduate students surveyed have no predisposition to use violence, to work in arms companies, not to teach their children to use weapons, not to use violence, etc. However there is general acceptance of these aspects in certain circumstances. This makes us to think about the importance of situations under certain specific contexts.
Keywords: Violence, Youth, Undergraduate, University.