One pet hate I have about University in general is the lack of practical skills that the students often come out with. I studied Philosophy and Psychology so nobody expected me to pick up any practical skills but in other arenas of study there really is no excuse.
That is why I am so impressed whenever I see exceptional work created by students (and when I say exceptional I mean useful, not just perceived to be 'clever' by a lecturer). If the coffee table below was available I would use it - it is sleek, modern and VERY practical (the space for books is an excellent idea). This is an example of a student who is not only being taught how to be a Designer but who actually IS a Designer before they have left University.
Credit: Design Sponge