INTEGRAL AND SUSTAINABLE FORMATION IN GRADUATES FROM AGRIBUSINESS IN THE NORTH UNIVERSITY CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF GUADALAJARA, MEXICO
University of Guadalajara (MEXICO)
About this paper:
Conference name: 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 3-5 July, 2017
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:Aiming to determine if the university students of the Agribusiness bachelor’s in the North University Center graduate without an integral preparation (economic, social, cultural, political and environmental), and without a sustainable vision which would allow them to meet with greater possibilities of success the diverse challenges they will face in their professional and personal life, this study was performed. Thence, 30 students who graduated during the period of 2014 – 2016 were interviewed by applying a poll which considered their personal perception about professional and personal tools acquired during their study of the bachelor’s degree; the graduates were randomly selected based on their gender, reading habits, internet access and frequency of internet access, graduation final grade, the bachelor’s diploma obtained or not, place of origin, residence place and number of home-mates during their study period. The study shows that Agribusiness students don’t feel capable for meeting their future professional life and they feel limited concerning the knowledge acquired in their studies, which determines their future academic performance and moreover their personal performance. Students who arrived to the city of Colotlán from a different place had bigger problems in adapting to student life and presented greater issues on getting a sense of fullness in life, besides that those who lived away from their parents and shared a house with one or more partners felt more unprotected and vulnerable. Based on these results, it is inferred the necessity of instilling in the Agribusiness’ students an integral preparation that enables the acquisition of greater tools in the economic, social, cultural, political and environmental areas. It is evident that (ironically) the excess of technological possibilities has conditioned learning on students and in a certain way it has slowed down their apprenticeship, besides that 65% have stated not liking reading books and/or articles relevant to their studies. This study demonstrates that it is necessary to start adapting the study plans to the current socioeconomic and technological development and link this adaptation to real necessities of companies and consumers of the services offered by the graduates form this study program.
Keywords: Integral formation, Sustainability, Agribusiness.