Robert Germinet

An Engineer at Democracy’s Bedside Publication date : September 9, 2004

The current drop in the number of students who choose scientific careers has endangered our capacity to innovate, and thus weakened our ability to improve health and quality of life.
In order to alter this critical situation and to train enterprising engineers, the teaching of physical science and biology will have to be completely overhauled, so as to emphasise invention and creativity rather than rote learning.
The specific reforms described here have been successfully implemented at the Ecole des Mines of Saint-Etienne, ranked fifth among French engineering schools since the reforms.
This book constitutes a strong statement to be added to the current discussion on education in France.
Robert Germinet is a physicist and the director of the Ecole des Mines, in Saint-Etienne, France. He is the author of L’Apprentissage de l’incertain and L’Ingéniur ingénieux, both published by Editions Odile Jacob, in 1997.