These are the same types of problems that are usually found at the end of chapters in textbooks, and they reinforce concepts learned in the corresponding chapter. Closed problems do not challenge the students mind applying his thinking, instead they test your memorisation skills.
But what can we do about it, is there a systematic method that teaches us to solve open problems and invent solutions ?
The answer is yes, TRIZ. It stands for the Theory of Inventive Problem-Solving and is a systematic Problem-Solving tool for inventions and inventive thinking.
What if every student from a university graduated with a patent or an invention on his or her name. Every university will want this. Not only does this increase the employability of the student but also directs him towards the goal of creating inventors and not engineers.
TRIZ Association of Asia promotes this school of thought by pushing methodology of TRIZ into universities as a part of their curriculum. We strongly believe that the TRIZ method, most definitely is one of the strongest methods for applying engineering skills in real life for companies and having a radical results in the professional life with a short amount of time.
Several universities have also opted for this option; for example Massachusetts Institute of technology, Boston has a particular course for TRIZ training of students having a few credits for the same. Another university called University of Twente, Netherlands also has started promoting this cause of creating inventors rather than regular traditional engineers by introducing a full TRIZ course into the syllabus.