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Exploring The Global Trend In Recruitment For Engineering And Technology Freshmen: Current Challenges And Suggested Solutions

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Global Engineering in an Interconnected World

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8.564.1 - 8.564.9



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Rafiqul Islam

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Exploring the Global Trend in Recruitment for Engineering and Technology Freshmen: Current Challenges and Suggested Solutions.

Dr. Rafiqul Islam Dept. of Engineering Technology Northwestern State University Natchitoches, LA 71497 Tel: 318-357-5352 Fax: 318-357-6145 Email:


'Going global' is a popular term in academia and industry today. In order to maintain leadership in interdependent global economy United States must possess an adequate technically literate workforce. Unfortunately there has been a substantial decline in enrollment in the engineering and technology programs in North American colleges and Universities since early ninety's. At this time of phenomenon growth, sweeping changes of technologies and the economic globalization it is rewarding to focus our whole hearted effort to recruitment. That is why, the author has identified the related target areas: to influence the students towards engineering and technology career in the K-12 level, to change the admission criteria and standards, to explore the need for global accreditation of engineering and technology programs, to launch special drive to attract underrepresented groups and to address employment opportunities and social status.

Recruitment is the first step towards ensuring the future of the engineering and technology education in this country. More emphasis should be given to influence the students at K-12 level which is the primary carrier goal decision time using collaborative engineering projects and curriculum development initiatives. The author has documented the overall trend of selective admission policy over open admission policy and it's effect on electronic engineering technology program of a Canadian institute. In recent years almost sixty percent of the continuously increasing work visas allocated by our Government are filled up by the engineers and technologists from Southeast Asian countries. A study of the reasons and means of enthusiasm and interest in engineering and technology programs there will be presented. A global accreditation in these fields should be helpful. The underrepresented groups specially the women whom represent nearly fifty percent of the population will be motivated to enroll and finish the program by understanding that the careers in these areas are exciting, rewarding and accessible. The overall job prospects along with ever lasting demands in some special categories will be

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Islam, R. (2003, June), Exploring The Global Trend In Recruitment For Engineering And Technology Freshmen: Current Challenges And Suggested Solutions Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11499

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