Lack of scientists and engineers in Belgium

Fiers[1] reported last year one common characteristic for the Belgian regions : lack of new graduated scientists and engineers. In 2002, for instance, the number of new graduated[2] was only 20.2% and 17.0% respectively in the Dutch and in the French community versus 26.3% in the EC ! This was not a new fact. Except in emerging countries, since decades Associations of Engineers are claiming young Europeans have dramatically turned away from engineering.

But what seems to be new is that one reason could be identified in UK. In a statement published on August 14, 2006 the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says that problems start at secondary school, and then reverberate up the education system[3].

According to CBI Director-General Richard Lambert, the problem lies with the teachers, not the students, who he said work hard to achieve the best possible grades in the system provided. "[I]t is clear we need more specialised teachers to share their enthusiasm for science and fire the imaginations of pupils, and to persuade them to study the core individual disciplines to high levels."

Non-specialist teachers admit to a lack of confidence, expertise and training when it comes to teaching science. They are less likely go beyond the basic demands of the curriculum and to excite students. As a result, fewer pupils pursue the subject at A-level or opt to study less challenging subjects which are seen as easier to do well in, the CBI claims.

Should it be the same in Belgium ?

I didn't found evidences…

PS : In May 2006 Agoria, claimed a lack of 13.000 IT specialists in Belgium.


[1] Working paper 13-05. Innovation et R&D dans les régions belges dans une perspective européenne. J. Fiers, Juin 2005. Bureau Fédéral du Plan, Belgique.
[2] Number of new graduated scientists and engineers divided by the totality of new graduated in the Universities and High Schools.
[3] Failing education system responsible for young people's disinterest in science, claim UK business leaders. 2006-08-16. Cordis News

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Nieuwpoort : art contemporain

Unieke openluchttentoonstelling in de havengeul. Voor de tweede keer al plaatsen de Vlaams Vereniging voor Watersport- Nieuwpoort, het stadsbestuur Nieuwpoort, Miller Graphics en de afdeling Kunst, kunstwerken op de dukdalven. De kunstwandeling is een must voor al wie van hedendaagse kunst houdt. Een binnententoonstelling vult de buitenexpositie aan.


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Skin And Stone by Andreas H. Bitesnich

Skin and Stone
by Andreas H. Bitesnich

A selection in b/w & color from the personal work of the great Austrian Master.

Exhibition from May 12th to July 8th 2006

Young Gallery

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To be read to better understand the French Clearstream affair

A slow sunset over the Elysée

Riots in the suburbs, swirling scandal, a cabinet paralysed by a bitter feud: the troubles that have shaken France could signal the end of an entire generation of French politicians. Jason Burke reports from Paris
The Observer Sunday May 14, 2006.

In The Tragedy of the President, France's literary sensation of the season, Franz-Olivier Giesbert, makes a powerful case that Jacques Chirac's 11-year presidency has been a disaster. The veteran journalist argues that one man's personal tragedy is now ending in political tragedy for his nation. Mr Chirac's failure to tackle France's deep-seated problems has left his country demoralised, disoriented and fearful of the future. The 73-year-old president, now imprisoned in miserable isolation in the Elysée palace, has come to personify the decline of France and the political impotence of its leadership.

But the alarming question indirectly raised (although never answered) by Giesbert's book is whether any other president could have done better. Is French society reformable? Or is it, as Mr Chirac appears to have concluded through brutal experience, fatally resistant to change? Perhaps all that can be hoped for - as the neighbouring British once believed - is the orderly management of decline.

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