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University Degrees in Engineering

    Naturevolume 134page732 (1934) | Download Citation



    IN the Engineer for November 2 is the first of a series of articles on “University Degrees in Engineering”, and the subject is referred to in a leading article. One aspect of this question, namely, the new regulations for ‘external’ degrees in engineer ing of the University of London, was discussed in NATURE of August 12, 1933, p. 222. It is well known, says the Engineer, that regulations and customs governing the granting by British univer sities of degrees in engineering are not uniform, each university being a law unto itself. The values of degrees, therefore, differ greatly. While it is admitted that to ask the universities to reduce them selves to a dead level of uniformity as regards the standard of their products would be to aim a blow at the very root of the conception behind university instruction and education, yet it is impossible to shut one's eyes to the fact that some measure of standard isation of the conditions under which engineering degrees are granted is overdue. As an impartial observer, the Engineer considers that unless the problem is attacked thoroughly and soon, the reputa tion of university degrees for engineers will suffer a severe decline. How the regulations differ is shown in the first of the articles in the series, which deals with engineering degrees granted by the Universities of Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. The survey is based on information contained in official publications and it should be of use to those about to select a centre of engineering education and also to those called upon to assess the value of British engineering degrees or of those who hold them.

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