Civil engineers are ‘too many’ according to technical chamber

Greece is producing about seven times more civil engineers than it needs every year, according to the country’s technical chamber (TEE).

“Every year we need about 2,200 new civil engineering students,” Christos Spirtzis, TEE’s president, said on Tuesday. “These numbers, along with those already studying and those already qualified as civil engineers are enough to last us the next 40 years.”

Spirtzis said Greece has one of the highest rates in the European Union for civil engineers, with roughly one for every 100 citizens. He said about 15,000 students a year enroll in civil engineering courses at the country’s technical universities and colleges (TEIs) every year.

Spirtzis added that each of these students costs the state 11,841 euros a year.

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