Re: Help needed gathering worldwide engineering enrollment trends
- John Cohn,
Thank you for writing us at Learn How to Learn with your request for
engineering enrollment trends in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and also
for examples where engineering professionals or academics have reached out
to kids and communities to improve quality of life and/or promote
engineering careers. I ask for help at several of our Minciu Sodas
I enjoyed meeting you at the University of Vermont and your Jolts and
Volts presentation there (from a millionth volt to a million volts). I
love your blog blog.myspace.com/johncohn I'm glad you write and I invite
our response and I look forward to your letters. I note that you are an
IBM Research Fellow.
In Lithuania, I found this May, 2006 news article where Klaipeda
University's Sea Technology Department reports that informatic engineering
is most popular. "Akrisida" (a human resources company) leader Aras
Mileiska says that chemical engineers are highest in demand. There is
(was) a shortage of civil engineers because of a construction boom but
such booms don't ever last too long. (There was a glut of civil engineers
after Lithuania gained freedom from the Soviet Union.) Electrical
engineering is the most steadily in demand.
My personal understanding is that after the Soviet Union broke up there
was a great lack of interest in the sciences as people looked for ways to
make money and then interest in education picked up greatly and that
interest has drifted more and more into the sciences. The number of
students who graduated university was 9,500 in 1990, 17,100 in 2000 and
30,100 in 2006 out of a total population of about 3,500,000. And now
there are also "colleges" (like private "community colleges") and an
additional 12,500 graduated from them in 2006. In vocational schools the
number of graduates has gone down from 23,200 in 1990 to 13,500 in 2006.
The percentage of 20-29 year olds with degrees in science, biology,
technology or applied sciences went up from 1.63% to 1.95%
http://www.stat.gov.lt/lt/pages/view/?id=1208 here is the English website
of the Statistics department http://www.stat.gov.lt/en/
Just some more statistics from Lithuania. The percentage of households
with both Internet and computer went up from 3% in 2001 to 48% in 2008.
40% of females and 30% of males (ages 25-34) have a college degree (this
is above the EU average, the UK and Sweden). The average wage in
Lithuania is now about $1,000 per month.
The World Economics Forum has a Global Competitiveness Report
http://www.weforum.org/en/initiatives/gcp/Global Competitiveness Report
with a section on "Higher education and training"
Andrius Kulikauskas, Minciu Sodas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@..., +1 312 618
3345, writing from Chicago.
I need help compiling international data on worldwide engineering
enrollment trends and societal views on engineering careers I'll be using
this info .for a talk I'm giving at a large electronics industry
conference (ISSCC) . Surprisingly, I've been having trouble finding much
of that kind of data on the internet. .Most of the data I am finding has a
very western focus.. eg. focusing on the decline of engineering
enrollments in the US and Europe. I'd like to get a more balanced
perspective from the rest of the world. I'd really appreciate any links or
contacts of people worldwide with that type of information.
I'm also very interested in learning about any international activities
where engineering professionals or academics have done outreach work with
kids and communities to help improve quality of life and/or promote
engineering careers. In addition to helping me, I believe data we compile
here would be very helpful others who are trying to help promote
engineering careers worldwide. Thanks very much in advance for any help
you can give me !
John Cohn PhD
IBM Fellow - Systems and Technology Group
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