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    What's the difference between "academic" and "professions". Thanks.

    I need to write an article responding the statement:
    Universities should require all faculty to spend time working outside the academic world in professions relevant to the courses they teach.

    I cannot quite understand the statement.
    Whether is the statement:
    All faculties should spend time outside the academic world to professions, which are relevant to the courses they teach.
    I don't quite understand the difference between academic world and professions.
    From Wikipedia
    Aprofession is a vocation founded upon specialized educational training, the purpose of which is to supply objective counsel and service to others, for a direct and definite compensation, wholly apart from expectation of other business gain.
    Academia is the nationally and internationally recognized establishment of professional scholars and students, usually centered around colleges and universities, who are engaged in higher education and research.
    A mathematician who study mathematics in an university or an institution is an academic.
    A mathematician who does analyse work in a company is a profession.
    But I cannot say studying mathematics is the profession of a mathematician.

    The three above sentences are what I am understanding. Am I right?
    If I am right, the third sentence quite confuses me.
    In my old conception, studying mathematics is mathematician's profession.
    Then can I say that studying mathematics is mathematician's job/work/career?

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    Re: What's the difference between "academic" and "professions". Thanks.

    Academics work in places like universities. Professions are certain specialised jobs that require qualifications, like accountancy, law, etc. A mathematician in a company would probably have a different job title- like a quant (quantitaive analyst) in banking, rather than being termed a mathematician.

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    Re: What's the difference between "academic" and "professions". Thanks.

    In some universities, professors are encouraged/required to be involved in the private sector to gain real world experience.

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    Re: What's the difference between "academic" and "professions". Thanks.

    Thanks a lot.
    Your explanation is very clear.
    Now I am a little bit understanding.

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    Re: What's the difference between "academic" and "professions". Thanks.

    Now I am a little bit understanding. understand a bit.


    Another characteristic which distinguishes the professions is that of self-regulation. While the members of a profession enjoy certain monopoly rights, there are also under the control of a regulatory board which has the power to admit and discipline members.

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    Re: What's the difference between "academic" and "professions". Thanks.

    If a doctor of medicine is teaching medical students in a university, he's in the academic world. The statement suggests that he should spend time in his profession (healing sick people) as well.

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