Engineers for the future

Engineering studies are one of the touchstones with which we can assess the development of areas; this is because industrial growth needs engineers. Progress cannot be conceived without qualified professionals, starting with degrees of a technical nature.

As to their origin, these studies have been initiated in the XIX century. We are now facing the fourth industrial revolution, with intelligent factories that have interconnected machines and great quantites of data which can optimize these processes. However the paradox is that, with time, less engineering graduates can be found. In Spain, the percentage of enrollment to this degree fell by 24% within five years. This problem is not only ours, because OCDE and the European Commission is demanding policies to promote global enrolment in this type of degrees.

To obtain more engineers (women above all, since the percentage of female graduates is shockingly low) it is necessary to make these studies attractive. Many of our engineering schools focus their efforts on secondary schools. However, to complement this work young children also come into play.

This article was published as a supplement in El Mundo de Castilla y León

Juan Manuel Corchado

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain.


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