A long time ago I asked a gentleman about his professional qualifications. His reply was 'Dipl.-Ing.' After a long pause, he added, casting a meaningful glance at me: ETH eth
Variant of edh. ! Dipl.-Ing, is the abbreviation of 'Diplom-Ingenieur', meaning roughly 'graduate engineer' or 'professional engineer' holding a diploma.
Adding the acronym ETH greatly improves the status of the Diplom-Ingenieur, because Eidgenossische Techniche Hochschule (ETH), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology may refer to one of two institutes of higher education in Switzerland:
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EPFL European Professional Football Leagues )--enjoys an excellent international reputation. It can be likened to the American Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at Cambridge; coeducational; chartered 1861, opened 1865 in Boston, moved 1916. It has long been recognized as an outstanding technological institute and its Sloan School of Management has notable programs in business, (MIT MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology ).
Counting Albert Einstein among its graduates, ETH now celebrates its 150th anniversary. In Zurich the ETH community numbers about 18,000 people from 80 nations, who are taught by 360 professors, chiefly in the technical, mathematical and natural sciences. Founded under the name of "Eidgenossisches Polytechnikum" (Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute), the 'Poly' was then practically the first national university in Switzerland.
In this country, there are also numerous engineering colleges known as Hohere Technische Lehranstalten (HTL HTL Hotel
HTL Höhere Technische Lehranstalt (Austria)
HTL Höhere Technische Lehranstalt (Technical collage)
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HTL Hole Transport Layer ), in French: Ecoles techniques superieures (ETS ETS Educational Testing Service (nonprofit private educational testing and measurement organization)
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ETS Engineering (&) Technical Services ). The 'Dipl.-Ing. HTL' usually ranks far lower than 'Dipl.-Ing. ETH', because ETH can also confer the title of doctor and thus is on equal footing with other top-level universities.
The most widely known HTL institute in Switzerland is probably the Technikum in Winterthur. Its permanent exhibition explaining physical phenomena (often with spectacular experiments) such as electricity, magnetism or gravity could warrant a visit to Winterthur, especially with the children.
Empa is another important acronym within the ETH domain, designating the Swiss Federal laboratories for Materials Testing and Research. Just now, the ETH giant can boast of another acronym: ISREC ISREC Institut Suisse de Recherche Expérimentale sur le Cancer (French: Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research)
ISREC Institut Suisse de Recherche Expérimentale sur le Cancer , the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research in Epalinges near Lausanne, which recently merged with the ETH 'family'.
ISREC is also connected with computer-aided genetic research. -In English, the word 'engineer' is less prestigious than in German, where a Herr Ingenieur (or Diplom-Ingenieur) enjoys similar respect as a doctor or Ph.D. By contrast, 'engineer' sometimes merely designates a machine operator (German: Maschinist), mechanic (Mechaniker) or engine driver (Lokomotivfuhrer). The words engine, engineer and ingeniousness as well as their counterparts in other European languages are derived from Latin 'ingenium' used for mental power or a clever invention. A good engineer's best asset is certainly his ingenuity!