Some thoughts on the education of optical waveguide engineers
Applied Scientific Research, 41, (3-4), . (doi:10.1007/BF00382451).
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It is difficult to discuss education in optical waveguides in specific terms. Details of a course will depend on whether it is at undergraduate or postgraduate level, for technicians or as a form of re-education for practising engineers. The initial knowledge of the students is also of importance and this will depend on the country - the university systems in England and China, for example, will be rather different. In view of these difficulties you may ask, therefore, why I should say anything at all about the topic and the answer to this question is twofold. Firstly I have been asked to say something - but this is only a necessary, and not a sufficient, condition. Secondly, there are a number of fundamental principles which can be proposed for the education of all engineers and others who apply their knowledge for practical purposes. I propose to concentrate on these fundamentals, leaving the discussion of specific proposals to other speakers.
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