Offshore outsourcing and the dawn of the post-colonial era of Western engineering education

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This paper summarizes the phenomenon of offshore outsourcing and relates it to the history and current state of engineering education and the engineering profession in Europe and the USA. In order to assess the climate affecting employment decisions by and about engineers we have used as sources mostly the serious press, with an emphasis on material dating from 2004 forward. The authors conclude that despite anxiety about the out-migration of engineering and technical jobs to places such as India and China, there is reason to see offshoring as the result of Western investment in capacity building in developing countries and to believe that the creation of new jobs will outpace the rate of job loss in Europe and the USA. The paper should serve as a prod to policy-makers and educators to set about creating an environment in which highly educated engineers and technical employees can continue a pattern of economic revitalization.

Keywords: Capacity building; Employment; Engineering education; Offshoring; Outsourcing

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03043790600644461

Affiliations: 1: College of Humanities and Social Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, PO Box 17771, Al-Ain, UAE 2: World Expertise LLC, 2001 Mayfair McLean Court, Falls Church, VA, 22043, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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