oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Addressing the imbalance in civil engineering between academia and industry : opinion
Engineering is one of the critical scarce skills in South Africa, as has been proved by the research presented by Allyson Lawless in her Numbers and Needs publications. The situation is, however, not a South African issue only, but a global phenomenon. At the same time it needs to be emphasised that many more engineers are needed in the tertiary institutions to ensure a steady flow of enough adequately trained engineering graduates to meet the skills shortage in industry. However, many academics, and engineering graduates who would otherwise have considered an academic career, are opting for employment in industry, mainly due to the far better salaries on offer outside of academia.
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