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Royal Indian Engineering College

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Cooper's Hill College, at Coopers Hill, Runnymede

1870 The Royal Indian Engineering College was founded as a college of Civil Engineering by the Duke of Argyll under Colonel George Tomkyns Chesney. It was intended to train engineers for the Indian Public Works department to make up for the shortfall of engineers attracted to India under the previous scheme set up by Lord Stanley.

By 1882 the college had ceased to be exclusively for the education of engineers for India and those who were trained at the college were criticised for their lack of practical experience. The Government would not guarantee employment for the college's students so a broader range of students was being sought but the education offered was expensive.

In 1885, the first forestry school in England was established in conjunction with the college, under the direction of William Schlich.

1906 its work was transferred to India and the college closed.


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