Oftenly heard people would argue who have more credentials statements. Ada orang kata academicians since these people possess vast amount if knowledge and written numerous numbers of books, journals and white paper related to their area of expertise. They are people of an academic institute that promotes academics ideas and thoughts. In contrary with the practitioner, they are the people who work hands on or practices their knowledge and applying them into their daily jobs. Practitioner normally are the people with some skill sets and knowledge that related to their area of expertise. Susah nak cakap sebenarnya siapa lebih handal. Both academicians and practitioners have their own credentials and knowledge. Both ada kepakaran dalam cara masing-masing.
Personally, I would prefer to have both views. As a practitioner myself, I feel that there some needs to have a third party opinion whom possesses knowledge and understanding related to the subject matters, but did not practice them. The theories that derives from the academicians,may at certain extend fulfill the missing link that the practitioner may overlooked. It is easier said than done. In order to draw down a mid-point of argumentation between academicians and practitioners, series of discussions taken place. Practitioners will try to defend the best practice based on their past experience, and the academicians will try to outline the best theoretical approach. Getting the best result out of both is really beneficial for all.
Alhamdulillah kat Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, UNH ni barisan tenaga pengajar mostly are the people who have served as practitioner dalam bidang yang relevant. Especially those that involves with NS Program. Some of them used to work with the law enforcement agencies, Intelligence Community and come from other federal agencies. I consider myself beruntung bukan setakat dapat sambung belajar, tapi dapat berkongsi experience dengan diaorang ni. The intention of the NSP is to prepare the fellow American who are interested to serve the country.
Being the only international student (they prefer to use this term instead of foreign student) dalam NSP ni, I have to admit it is not an easy job to furnish myself as a student and as "Duta Kecil Malaysia". I have to spell out the rite way to answer questions from the professors and colleagues, especially when it comes to NS related matter. So far, as I said before, I do enjoy this moment as a student, and as part of the program.