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Universities not producing enough engineers warns RAE

Urgent action is needed to address a serious shortage of engineers in the next 10 years
A major overhaul of the higher education system is needed to ensure that enough quality engineers are produced in the next 10 years, a report from the Royal Academy of Engineering says this week.While the UK faces a serious shortage of engineers in the next decade, the report - 'Educating Engineers in the 21st Century' claims that engineering courses are now 'seriously underfunded'.One way to combat the shortage would be to allow foreign graduates of UK engineering courses to work in the country for more than the currently allowed one year after completing their studies.The profession generally is still not doing enough to persuade young people that engineering is an exciting career that would give them a chance to 'help save the planet', said Vice Chancellor of Aston University professor Julia King who chaired a working group that produced the report.,p>'At this time when our need for engineering talent is huge, and when our young people are increasingly interested in how they can help save the planet, we are failing to persuade them that engineering courses are exciting, well paid and worthwhile,' said King whose working group also included professor David Nethercot head of civil engineering at Imperial College and Hugh Norie, project director of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. 'The report concludes that we face an increasing shortage of graduate engineers in the UK unless action is taken.' Feedback from universities and industry has shown that the content of courses is not reflecting the real requirements of industry.

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