Soviet Union Ahead in Training Technicians
Soviet Union Ahead in Training Of Technicians NEW YORK, Dec. ea-IAraencan executive be Satur- Whit-i el of , 19 (A An back from .Russia cays the Soviet Union is pushing, development of technical schools. These schools, called technicians, are much more advanced than vocational high schools but less advanced than full-fledged engineering schools. After Vk to 4 years Of training they graduate students as industrial technicians with highly developed skills. Much has been written lately indicating that the Sovie' Union Jeads the United States in training research scientists and engineers. The report brought from Russia by Edward Booher, executive vice president of McGraw-Hul book Co., suggests that the Soviet superiority in training may extend one step further down the ladder of scientific-technological skills to industrial technicians as well. Booher is an expert on techm cian training, and carried out an investigation in the U.S.S.R. for the American Society of Engi neering Education. He says the Russians are way ahead in train ing of technicians. The only American educational institutions directly comparable to techmcums, Booher says, are technical institutes. These have about 100,000 students in the Unit ed States today. Booher found that in the U.S.S.R. the number of students in technicunu in the industrial field runs to about one million. Of these about 700,000 are in full at tendance and the rest are correspondence students. Comparison between the over all Soviet and American programs is complicated. The Russians tend apparently to channel this train ing through the formal education system. In the United States there is much in-job training by Indus trial ' organizations. Despite the difficulties of comparison Booher considers on the basis of obser vations and what he was told by Soviet officials that the Soviet Union is doing a better job.