A survey by Professor Kazuo Nishimura of the University Library for Social Sciences, Kobe University and others revealed that the basic academic ability of young engineers working at major domestic companies is declining.The research results were announced at "Science Education in Kyoto 2015" held at Kyoto University, but the decline in basic academic ability of young employees who are responsible for the technological development of major domestic companies is bleak in the fierce international competition between companies. It seems to cast a shadow.

 According to Kobe University, the survey was conducted in fiscal 1 on 9 engineers in their 20s from nine manufacturing companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.When I asked for answers to 1,226 basic physics, chemistry, and electricity questions that I learned in high school, the average score was only 2014 out of 11.Those who took Mathematics III and Physics in high school scored higher, and when compared with university entrance exams, the average score tended to increase in the order of general entrance exams, AO entrance exams, and recommended entrance exams.

 Some of these questions were frequently asked even in junior high school entrance exams, and some excellent elementary school students could answer correctly.Except for technical terms, the questioners set the level so that even people from the humanities can answer.However, in the calculation problem of "9-3 ÷ 1/3 + 1", the correct answer rate was less than 6%. In the 1980s, the percentage of correct answers to these four arithmetic operations reached 9% in an in-house survey in the Chubu region, and this clearly shows a clear decline in academic ability.

 In many companies, veteran engineers with basic academic ability and young engineers without basic academic ability are currently working together.An increasing number of companies are offering basic academic ability classes and courses for young people, but after the retirement of veteran engineers, there are voices that are twisting their heads as to whether Japanese manufacturing can continue to exert its abilities.

 Professor Nishimura pointed out that due to the diversification of university entrance exams, there is a problem in that he can go on to university without learning mathematics III and physics that he should have learned, and he said, "The four major mechanics of mechanical engineering are no longer compulsory. There is also a problem with the curriculum. "

Source:[Kobe University] Young engineers from major domestic companies Decline in basic academic ability in science and mathematics

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