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Engineering by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat Aug 25, 2007 at 08:30:00 AM EST
It is my impression that the quality of engineers educate India and China (especially China) is, on average, poor. This is not to say that there aren't good ones, and, indeed, I've worked with some. But doing a fair bit of interviewing, I've noticed that the average quality of people graduating from these areas seems to be low compared to American, or European schools. (Though my experience with the latter is mostly with Russian graduates.)
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From the article by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Aug 25, 2007 at 08:39:56 AM EST
What we found is that even as enrollment in engineering programs has increased by more than 140% over the past five years, China has been decreasing its total number of technical schools and their associated teachers and staff. From 1999 to 2004, the number of technical schools fell from 4,098 to 2,884, and during that period the number of teachers and staff at these institutions fell by 24%. So graduation rate increases have been achieved by dramatically increasing class sizes.

We learned that only a few elite universities, such as Tsinghua and Fudan, had been allowed to lower enrollment rates after they noted serious quality problems as a result of increases they had made. The vast majority of Chinese universities complied with government directives to increase enrollment.

Our interviews with representatives of multinational and local technology companies revealed that they felt comfortable hiring graduates from only 10 to 15 universities across the country. The list of schools varied slightly from company to company, but all of the people we talked to agreed that the quality of engineering education dropped off drastically beyond those on the list. Demand for engineers from China’s top-tier universities is high, but employers complained that supply is limited.

Might be a temporary problem due to scaling up so quickly.
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I was glad to confirm my guess by garlic (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Aug 28, 2007 at 06:49:37 AM EST
that the reason for hiring overseas is mostly related to cost and new markets, and not related to skills.


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Skills and cost are the same thing by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Aug 28, 2007 at 06:07:06 PM EST
There were a lot of skilled people in India, etc. willing to work cheaply. They are mostly now working, and as those countries struggle with skills shortages, those salaries rise. Plus, there was and is a lot of deluded thinking as to the actual long-term cost savings moving stuff overseas.
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ATTENTION: MeFi-ite Infidel by Horatio Hellpop (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Aug 25, 2007 at 01:39:39 PM EST
Would you please post a grammatical/ideological correction to this statement on MeFi, which is making me twitch so hard, that I may shed my skin.

Words of a Pakistani pop song Yeh Hum Naheen [This is not us] hitting the charts, attempting to spread the message that all muslims are not terrorists

Also, Are you still a Tom Strong fan? I have some TS swag I need to part with and I thought you'd like it.

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Posted by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #4 Sat Aug 25, 2007 at 11:49:08 PM EST
Don't really need any Tom Strong swag though.

I read the post-Moore volume 5 and thought it was a bit weak. Haven't read 6 yet, though I'm intrigued as to what a Michael Moorcock-scripted story would be like.
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Every desk needs a plastic articulated Pneuman by Horatio Hellpop (4.00 / 1) #5 Sun Aug 26, 2007 at 11:44:14 PM EST
Suit yourself!

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