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Topic:

Some people think that all university students should study whatever they like. Others believe that they
should only be allowed to study subjects that will be useful in the future, such as those related to
science and technology. Discuss both views and give your opinions.

Essay:

There is an ongoing debate how many subjects that students should take at university. Some people
believe that university students should be forced to study certain subject areas that are likely to be
helpful in the future. However, others take the view that university students should study whatever they
prefer. In my view, I am in favour of the latter opinion.

There are various reasons why people think that university students should merely study subjects that
will be useful in the future. It can be argued that having more qualifications on the subject areas which
will be in demand in future job market would ensure students decent jobs, better salaries, and therefore
an improved quality of life. Furthermore, when forcing students to study certain key subject areas,
governments could cover knowledge and skills gaps in the economy on a large scale. In addition, if
students focus their study on subjects such as those related to science and technology, they may come
up with new inventions or innovative breakthroughs, which could lead to economic growth and
ultimately a prosperous nation.

Despite of these arguments, I believe that all university students should have the right to choose their
majors based on their own preferences. Every student has different interests and passion, therefore,
they should be encouraged to pursue what they are keen on. In this way, university students would be
more responsible for their choices and would gain a sense of self-satisfaction. Moreover, given the
rapidly changing job market and unstable economy as present, it is hardly possible to assure which
subjects would be useful as well as in demand in the years to come. Worse still, if a large number of
students opt for the same range of subjects, the unemployment rate in these sectors will most likely to
rise.

In conclusion, although it may seem sensible to force university students to study certain subjects such
as science or technology, I am strongly convinced that students should be given the opportunity to study
majors based on their own preferences.