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GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION: FROM ACADEMIC INSTITUTION TO THE REAL WORLD

B. Moussai

USTHB, Algiers (ALGERIA)
Unlike other fields of civil engineering, the geotechnical engineering depends chiefly on practical experience. One of the challenges faced by the companies recruiting graduated civil engineers to work in the field of geotechnical engineering is that they do not have enough training to satisfy the needs of the company. Some companies spend a lot of time and money in training of young engineers to compensate for the lack of education in the field of geotechnical engineering, but economically speaking the academic institution is the best place for engineer's education and the training provided by companies should be limited to the company's expertise. Furthermore, lectures on geotechnical topics are not usually accompanied by site visits.
The paper presents suggestions on how the engineering students should be trained in geotechnical engineering to ensure a good transition from educational institution to the real world. Attention has given to the importance of the practical experience for geotechnical engineering educators; the development of engineering judgment; computer test simulation or video to explain the laboratory and field tests; field trips and summer training in industry firms.