There is no right or wrong, there is fit. If your aims fits to academia, that is the path to follow. If not, you should have a look at this article.
1. Different life philosophy: solve a problem or generate knowledge?
Academia and industry are complexly different realities, philosophies, methods and systems. The philosophical difference explains the different goals: academy strives for generating knowledge, industry pursues profitability. Production of knowledge is not always profitable and profitability I not always connected with innovation and knowledge.
2. Universities lacks industry experience
The most effective learning method is ‘’ learning by doing’’. During college time you are learning by listening and reading, the real life teaches in a different way. Students do not have the opportunity to have real life experiences besides internships. But one key factor is the background of professors and their ability to teach based on their experience. Most of Life Science Professors do not have relevant industry experience and will provide the theory only.
3. Academia standards are different from the industry
In the process of knowledge generation, the ultimate goal of the research is to provide new insights that nobody else investigated before. Whether the insight is relevant and generates profit, it’s another question. The industry is focused on producing results that can generate a new product, drug or method. Very often, the academia provides the basic knowledge through basic research that serve as foundation for the applied research. However, the industry research is evaluated with financial indicators.
4. Syllabi are 15-20 years behind the industry reality
Conventional syllabi are established from the perspective of the educator instead of looking from the lenses from the industry or even the students. The syllabi of the most Life Science degrees is at least 20 years behind the time. Most universities do not update the syllabi: it becomes the standard lectures in physics, biochemistry, organic chemistry, anatomy, molecular science etc. What about the topics which are applicable to today’s constant changing environment: and society as ethics, regulatory, GxPs, economics, new technology trends.
5. Competency-based education is not yet a reality
Competency-based education is an approach used in learning concrete skills that are required for a determined industry or organization. Rather than a course or a module, every individual skill outcome is one single unit. Below a comparative between competency-based and traditional learning:
The main advantage of competency-based learning is that students finish quicker their degrees. In traditional learning, educators set the subjects while the competency-based learning the students are the focus and they build their own learning experience.