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Higher Technical Education in Great Britain

Nature volume 154, pages 664665 (25 November 1944) | Download Citation



IN a paper on "The Status of Higher Technical Education" published by the Association of Technical Institutions (Hon. Secretary, Loughborough College, Leics. 6d.), Dr. T. J. Drakeley, principal of the Northern Polytechnic, London, states that while on the Continent, "technical university studies are accorded the same status as university studies and both lead to the award of degrees, here, most of our best students, in fact most students have been discouraged from taking higher technical courses because of their apparent inferior nature"; consequently industry has received few trained men and has suffered the decline foretold by Lyon Playfair in 1852.

Dr. Drakeley strenuously combats the foreign view (which is supported even by some British chemists) that "we do not possess the right temperament to maintain industrial progress", and claims that our ineffectiveness in the industrial field is due to our lack of appreciation of "the vast importance of technical training in the development of an industry—whereas we state that trade cannot be taught within a school, our foreign competitors realise that trade cannot be taught without a school".

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