Re: Jobs and Education and Training

John McCreery (jlm@TWICS.COM)
Wed, 16 Oct 1996 07:25:00 +0900

>--- That's OK -- at UConn we have an entire department run esseintially
>like a corporation (12-month jobs, 9-to5, etc., my employer) that takes
>grad students to do research in problems of industrial relevence. Industry
>pays a fee to to sit on an advisory board and dictate research topics. The
>money pays for the graduate researchers (engineering) and the summer months
>of the professors. How's that for industry finger up the academic wazoo?
>But some good is done for students of manufacturing engineering, who before
>this had an education devoid of knowledge of real industry problems. The
>chilling part is, one in-state corporation uses about 40% of UConn's
>engineering grads (or used to?), has made many donations, built a building,
>and some of their retirees make it on to campus later as research
>associates. This is a rather upsetting influence, to my mind. -- wt

"industry finger up the academic wazoo"

"The chilling part"

"This is a rather upsetting influence"

At the risk of igniting a flame war, I wonder where the feelings expressed
here are coming from?

John McCreery
3-206 Mitsusawa HT, 25-2 Miyagaya, Nishi-ku
Yokohama 220, JAPAN

"And the Lord said unto Cyrus, 'Shall the clay say to him who moldest it,
what makest thou? Let the potsherd of the earth speak to the potsherd of
the earth." --An anthropologist's credo