BEIRUT - HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh lectured in a seminar entitled “Educate Inventors not Job Seekers” which was held at Sameer Zaabari Science Lecture Hall at the American University of Beirut (AUB), in the presence of a host of deans, professors and students.
In his address, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh recounted some of the struggles and challenges he faced during his life, which began when he and his family were forced to leave Palestine and were refuged to Ghazieh village in Lebanon. This is where he met his father’s friend, Reda Khalifa who offered them shelter and asked all merchants to provide all their needs without money.
Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh recalled his family's financial struggle during refuge, in addition to the challenges, difficulties and suffering that he endured in order to get an opportunity to study at the American University of Beirut (AUB), which he achieved through an UNRWA scholarship, affirming that his life was a suffering that transformed into a blessing.
He also expressed his gratitude to the AUB from which from he graduated, saying that educational institutions award certificates to their graduates to search for job opportunities as one of the basic labor market requirements, noting that he himself was one of those graduates. However, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh reiterated that this has been the sole objective of educational systems since 150 years and has unfortunately never changed until now.
Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh stated that education is deteriorating at a global level, pointing out that ‘many leaders and most of the world's geniuses such as Bill Gates, have not received academic degrees.’
Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh underscored that education is a key to life, emphasizing that traditional educational methods are not professionally or practically beneficial for life after graduation.
Meanwhile, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh noted that the education system needs radical development comparing it to the field of medicine that could never be a cure to all diseases.
Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh concluded by reaffirming that the world is heading towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution or so-called ‘Digital Knowledge Revolution’ that will make our grandchildren look at us as if we had lived in the Stone Age. “Now we are using machines, in the future, our grandchildren will be living with machines.” (National News Agency)