The benefits of a
Liberal Arts education
A Liberal Arts education benefits learners in several ways, most of which have to do with new ways of seeing things, thinking and acting. In other words, it equips you with a certain attitude and outlook that helps you deal with your personal and professional situations with much greater competence. Some of the critical benefits of a Liberal Arts education are listed below.
» Learnability: One of the greatest advantages of a Liberal Arts education is that you learn how to learn. In other words, you are equipped to acquire new knowledge and skills any time you need, in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
» The Big Picture: A Liberal Arts education gives you a breadth of vision no other education can give. The Big Picture is nothing but the ability to see people, events and situations in a larger context.
» Cross-functional: A Liberal Arts education, by mixing various subject streams, and with its emphasis on approaching a concept through various subjects, prepares you to work across different functional areas better.
» Future-thinking: Simova's Liberal Arts programmes will be forward-looking, helping you to look beyond the immediate, and develop a long term perspective.
» Thinking: The Liberal Arts will show you how to grasp complex and abstract concepts. You will also learn techniques like lateral thinking and fuzzy logic, and how to apply these to your everyday situations.
» Communication and team playership: The very nature of the Liberal Arts subjects makes debate and discussion a crucial part of learning. A lot of your learning will happen through others, and show you the value of working in groups. This process will also ensure that you learn how to communicate effectively, in both speech and writing, and how to be an effective team player.
» Cope with change, uncertainty and complexity: In times of rapid change, both the private and public sectors need people who can cope with complex and uncertain situations. The Liberal Arts subjects make you comfortable in dealing with situations where there are many variables, and the answers are not known.
» Problem-solving: In the Liberal Arts, you often approach the same concept from different viewpoints, using different methods. This helps you sharpen your analytical abilities and develop ways of looking at a problem from various angles.
In today's constantly changing world, there is a bright future for problem solvers, people who can think creatively and adapt to changes quickly. And for such people, education has to be a training in attitude, in new and special ways of thinking: one that leads them to see connections across widely different areas, to identify what information is valuable and what is not, to challenge assumptions, and to appreciate the value of what one can learn from others.
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