Distance Education in Engineering for Developing Countries

Tim Bilham, Rosie Gilmour

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For many countries distance learning is the most important mechanism for effective continuing education currently available. For others it holds immense potential. Its ability to reach large numbers of students at low cost, to reach groups that have previously been excluded from educational opportunities, and to do so with a curriculum which is consistent in content and quality makes distance education pre- eminent throughout the world as effective continuing education.

In developing and emerging countries where economic development is of fundamental importance, training for industrial growth is essential. Consequently, the initial education and the continuing professional development of engineers at all levels is paramount.

This volume summarises the findings of a major study carried out during 1994 on behalf of the Overseas Development Administration. The study involved a survey of the current provision of engineering distance education from the major providing countries. This was followed by an in-depth investigation of the need for engineering training and the potential of distance education in satisfying those needs in three countries: the Czech Republic, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherOverseas Development Administration (ODA)
Number of pages102
ISBN (Print)0902500686
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Publication series

NameEducation Research Paper
PublisherOverseas Development Administration (ODA)

Bibliographical note

ID number: Education Research Paper No. 13


  • continuing education
  • distance education
  • developing countries
  • engineering


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