oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Remedying the shortage of undergraduate civil engineers
If you ask any group of civil engineers these days for possible reasons to explain the reduced numbers and lower general academic quality of school-leavers entering civil engineering at universities over recent years, you will often get a wide range of answers. Many will say that they believe the poor image of the civil engineer is to blame, some will point fingers at the recurring downturns in the industry, which frighten parents off, while others will propose that it is the greater attractiveness of the other engineering disciplines that keeps potential students away rather than any faults in civil engineering itself. Unfortunately, however, there appears to be little data available to indicate what the true reasons for the shortage might be and thus assist the industry in general, and ourselves in particular, to highlight what measures might be taken to correct the problem.
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