I REFER to the letter "Move will ruin profession" (NST, Nov 12) and agree with the writers.
It is better if valuers and managers are trained in a university and have a degree.
However, I do not think their proposition will be accepted by the public.
To agree with an idea does not equal supporting that idea.
Market forces are driven by monetary considerations, and so the winner is the one who presents the best deal.
Incidentally, I would say that if public universities had really done in the past what the writers state in the letter, they would not find themselves frightened by competition.
It is evident that, despite the soundness of their courses, public universities are no longer the best deal for many students.
Competition arises when customers cannot find what they are looking for, or when monopoly holders have not kept the promises they made to customers.
In any case, competition cannot be stopped.
I can assure the professors in question that the Building Management Association of Malaysia poses no threat to them, to their jobs, to the quality of graduates, or to the ability of these graduates to find jobs upon graduation.
Despite the Internet, the people who like going to universities and who are willing to pay for a university education are the same as those from 50 years ago.
Profits are made from the edge and not from mainstream.
So, all the professors have to do is find their edge.
Students flock to a university because of the quality of its teaching and teachers.
We cannot have faith in a university when we do not know who the lecturers and professors are.
The emphasis on research does not seem to have produced many results.
Indeed, universities are unprepared for new developments.
The fact that the government provides their work and their pay has left many professors staring at computers.
Indeed, what have universities been researching on?
Floods still hit many parts of the country and some city centres have no water.
I am now reading the biography of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The book states that in Myanmar, all revolutions started in universities.
I suggest professors conduct research on how to keep politics out of universities because politics has no place in universities.
A university is a place of reading, learning, observing, discussing, testing and concluding.
All knowledge a person needs to survive and find jobs is learned by secondary school.
The job of universities is to expand on that knowledge by way of reading and testing one's opinion with professors.
The decline of universities started the day they decided to make graduates job-ready.
Universities, subsidised by the government, have spent a lot of money on trying to find jobs for graduates, when all they had to do to make graduates more employable was to ensure that they read and write extensively.
Marisa Demori, Kuala Lumpur The New Straits Times Online Letters to the Editor 16 November 2012