The mission of the University is presented as the functions of transfer and creation of knowledge, i.e. teaching and research. In this context, the training in engineering is defined as an academic pursuit, and its relation to the profession being the fulfillment of a need is discussed.
The ideal engineering training environment is examined in terms of training, faculty, research, interaction with the profession and availability of facilities. The reality of the situations is discussed in terms of the same subjects. The opinion is expressed that students are badly motivated, and make use of incorrect study-methods perpetuated by the wrong methods of teaching. Teaching staff do too little research and the fact that their remuneration cannot compete with industry makes it difficult to find and keep staff. The association that the faculty have with the profession and industry, makes it possible to maintain the present quality of teaching in engineering. Undergraduate laboratory facilities are inadequate because of lack of funds.
The solutions to the problems posed are seen as challenges that start with finding new methods of teaching and stimulating excellence in teaching and research. Based on the benefits that industry and the profession can derive from a healthy academic atmosphere, the solution is seen in strong support from industry for the engineering teaching profession.
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