The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 61 (1983) > Issues > Issue 10 > Academia - the Role of the Higher Education Establishments
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Academia - the Role of the Higher Education Establishments

The traditional 3-year engineering degree course (4-year in Scotland), with additional periods in industry for sandwich course students, has been modified and updated continuously over the years and has set the standards and syllabus for the basic education of the engineer. This was true even when, formerly, many engineers received their education other than through a degree. Whether or not the standard course is long enough has been debated for some time, and the wider discussion triggered by the Finniston Report on this topic was particularly welcomed by engineering teachers in universities and polytechnics. Since then, disappointment has inevitably been felt that, in the present atmosphere of retrenchment in tertiary education, Government policy-expressed through the DES and the UGC-has much reduced the prospects for major change. Professor Michael Horne