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The Training of the French Engineer

Nature volume 101, page 94 (04 April 1918) | Download Citation



IN the Bulletin de la Société d'Encouragement pour l'Industrie Nation ale for September-October last appears a valuable report of the proceedings of the Society of Civil Engineers of France concerning the training of engineers of the first rank, alike for the special services of the State and for leading positions in industry. Not only is the specialised training required considered in the article, but also the previous preparatory education. The matter arose on the presentation of an important communication from M. Leon Guillet, a member of the society, which was considered at a special session of the society held on November 3, 1916, at which the Minister of Commerce and Industry presided. The communication embraced a comparative study of the subject of technical training as it is pursued in France and abroad, a thoughtful criticism of the existing means and methods of such instruction and the preparation required for it, and an expression of personal views as to the lines upon which in future both preparatory and technical studies should proceed. A special commission was appointed, which sat during five sessions, extending to the end of April, 19.17, and took important evidence from professional and other persons engaged in engineering.

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