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UK, local schools team up to groom engineers

MORE Shanghai students chose to study liberal arts rather than science and engineering in recent years, resulting in a shortage of engineering graduates, university officials said yesterday.
Many local companies can recruit only two thirds or even half of engineering graduates they need nowadays because of the imbalance between liberal arts and sciences students, said Wan Wanggen, director of Academic Affairs of Shanghai University.
"The imbalance will cause bigger problems in future to the development of regional economy as well as the nation," Wan said.
He said students usually think it will be easier to find jobs with liberal arts majors and jobs relating liberal arts will be easier to take than that of sciences.
Meanwhile, many science and engineering graduates are willing to abandon their majors to choose jobs in finance, business and trade with better payment that makes the shortage even bigger, said Li Guang, a professor with Zhejiang University in neighboring Hangzhou.
To bridge the gap, the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology yesterday announced to cooperate with universities in Shanghai and neighboring cities to train engineering talents.
The institute will invite its member experts on engineering such as professors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology to give lectures to local university, said Andy Hopper, president of institute.
The institute will also introduce in courses and some international competitions among the world's engineering students.


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