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ICE must encourage courses to be relevant


While reading the editor's leader last week I was observing my son studying obscure mathematical problems for his MSc course in civil engineering. One in a thousand may use this in their entire professional careers. It is therefore no surprise to me that young people cannot be bothered to become chartered engineers.

The ICE should encourage universities to make courses relevant and interesting, with the more obscure specialist subjects dealt with outside the main curriculum. This should produce practical and innovative engineers in sufficient numbers to tackle the issues raised in the article.

The ICE should spend less time on political activities such as trying 'to get a better foothold with the power brokers'.

To tell them what, I wonder!

John Tolputt (F),

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