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More Filipino Research Scientists and Engineers for RP's Disaster and Poverty Alleviation
Written by Loren   
Monday, 05 April 2010

Dr. Emerlinda Roman, president of the University of the Philippines System, an institution under the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST), said that the country is in need of more more research scientists and engineers (RSEs) with advanced degrees to make science and technology work for disaster mitigation and poverty alleviation, ensure a sustainable environment and reasonable energy for the future, and turn out indigenous technologies to enhanced Filipinos' lives.

This was stated based on the 2004 United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics survey, wherein it says that Philippines is the least in producing number of engineers as compared to other neighbouring countries. Japan, Singapore, Korea, and China produce the most number of engineers.

In addition, the results revealed that for every one Filipino graduate, there are 6 Vietnamese graduates, 25 Thai graduates and 200 Singaporean graduates.

The UNESCO survey also said that the country spends the least on research and development, whereas, Japan Korea, Singapore and China showed a high expenditure rate on research and development. It can be seen that countries which flourish are those that produce a big number of engineers and spend a lot on research and development.

With this alarming news, the government should pay attention to this by providing more educational programs that would help us produce more qualified graduates to contribute in the country’s economy. [via mb.com.ph]


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