Mexico educates engineers

Mexico now has more undergrad engineering students than the U.S., reports Prism. While U.S. enrollment is level at about 370,000, Mexican enrollment has soared to 450,000.

The would-be engineers are training on the latest equipment, much of it donated by foreign companies with manufacturing facilities in Mexico. And when they graduate, many of these students are staying close to home and getting high-skilled jobs being created by multinational companies.

While U.S. graduates in engineering average $45,000 in their first job, Prism reports, Mexican engineers start at $15,000.

Via Mark Perry’s Carpe Diem.

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  1. wayne martin says:

    Edusat –
    El Sistema de Televisión Educativa
    Mexican National Educational Television System

    CDLHN’s products will premiere in Mexico as part of a collaborative effort between Edusat to promote public health across to the Americas.

    In 1995, Edusat was created for the first time in Mexico to provide educational programming via digital satellite. With eight channels of their own and a reproduction signal for the Discovery Kids and Canal Cl@se channels, Edusat is reaching out to the Mexican community on issues of natural sciences, history and public health and well being. CDLHN is proud to share its knowledge and products to Mexico and the community.

    In the 1970’s, Mexico became the first country to establish a system of “distance-learning” satellite secondary education, aimed for the little towns and rural communities. In 2005 this system included 30,000 connected schools, 3 million students and 300,000 teachers, who use televised lectures and education science programs, pre-recorded and transmitted through “EduSat”, via satellite. Schools that use this system are known as telesecundarias in Mexico. The Mexican “distance-learning” secondary education is also transmitted to some Central American countries and to Colombia, and it is used in some southern regions of the United States as a method of bilingual education.

    Much of this technology was developed here in the Silicon Valley (and the launch technology in Southern California) and exported to developing countries. The US, on the other hand, has ignored this technology, exporting corrupt Democrats whose strings have been pulled by Labor Unions into positions of education policy making around the country. While the quality of all of these engineers may be in question at the moment, it’s clear that Distance Learning works, and can be used to bootstrap a national education system within as little as three decades. India, China and now Mexico seem to be clear testimony to the value of clarity of thinking and access to high technology.

  2. Let’s wait until the facts come in before we proclaim the end is nigh.

    Turns out Indian engineers vary greatly in quality from fully world class to possessor of hardly any more then a diploma.

    Maybe Mexico has dialed in the appropriate uses of computers in education and is about to become the dominant world power based on the superiority of the Mexican, distance learning technology and the shiny, new engineers and scientists in produces. But I’m willing to wait a while for verification.

  3. Mexican engineering graduates aren’t on a par with those from the US yet, but the report still describes a positive change. And I would prefer seeing more US engineering students, and no kids majoring in diversity studies.