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    Guinea-Conakry: a lot of theory 

    Souleymane G. Thiam, Eng., is originally from Guinea-Conakry.

    Trained as an electrical engineer in Ukraine, he then worked in Guinea and three African countries, mainly for two multinationals. “The practices of these companies are similar to those at Québec companies,” he explains.

    He feels that the difference is rather in the education. “My education was focused more on theory, with an individual approach, except in the labs where the lack of equipment required us to work in teams. Here, I took a short program at the École de technologie supérieure in Montreal, and I noticed that the emphasis was on teamwork. We learned to communicate better with others and divide up the work.”

    Professional supervision is also different. “In Guinea,” explains the engineer, “there is no professional order for electrical engineers, but civil engineers are subject to the standards issued by an organization that is similar to a professional corporation.”

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