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The President of the Republic participated in the opening of the 35th International Symposium of IGIP

President Rüütel today participated in the opening of the 35th Symposium of the International Society for Engineering Education in Tallinn University of Technology. The Head of State is the patron of the event.

In his greeting address the President of the Republic noted that contemporary engineering education is one of the key elements for a better living environment. ''In the ever globalising world development is relying on the results of science and technology and the speed how fast these results are implemented in real life. The latter depends greatly on the availability of engineering education,'' President Rüütel said.

''Recent economic growth has been very fast in Estonia. The number of university graduates has also grown pretty fast, but, unfortunately, the share of engineers among them has been rather low. Considering our development speed and needs, we hope that soon the number of state-financed places for students in the field of engineering and technology teaching will be increased,'' the Head of State said.

An international symposium organised jointly by IGIP (International Society for Engineering Education), ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education), IEEE ES (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Education Society) and SEFI (Société Européenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs, European Society for Engineering Education) is held on September 18-21, 2006 in Tallinn University of Technology. IGIP coordinates training of engineering educators for all levels of educational institutions where technical subjects are taught. IGIP arranges training of engineering pedagogues and issues international qualification certificates to engineering educators ING-PAED IGIP.

Public Relations Department of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, September 18, 2006

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