I DO not understand why we do not consider the profession of engineering at least as highly as doctor, lawyer or accountant in this country ("Widening access begins in school", Herald editorial, July 2).
The wealth of this country, now that the myth of the banking sector has been blown, will depend increasingly on product innovation and manufacture. You just have to read how many of the crucial elements of wind farms are designed and made abroad, how the Clyde shipbuilding industry is a fraction of its former size, how Ravenscraig was destroyed, how major elements of the new Forth Bridge will come from abroad. These three industries mentioned above, and the country, will depend increasingly, in the future, on the wealth generated by the engineer (in the broadest sense) for their funding.
I believe that, in Germany, the engineer has his/her proper place as a vital element in the making of its success.
Dr Ian McGregor,
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