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United states of self interest


The warning in Stephen Banks' letter regarding recognition of MICE in the US (NCE last week) came as a surprise as I am working towards becoming a chartered engineer.

Paragraph 1.1 of ICE 2001 states 'Membership is a benchmark of quality and defines you as a professional civil engineer, capable of practising in most countries in the world'. It is a concern that our 'benchmark of quality' does not allow us to practice in the world's biggest market. The size of markets available for us to work in is a better measure than the number of countries.

The debates in these pages about status and remuneration pale somewhat beside this. I wonder whether this will reduce the incentive for people to aspire to chartered status. It would be good to know where we can and cannot practice and if there are any plans to rectify the situation.

Dermot Kelly, Dermot.Kelly@BBRail. co. uk

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