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Almogi Sees Increased Israeli Need for Technologists; Engineer Shortage Feared

Labor Minister Yosef Almogi said today that Israel’s anticipated economic growth over the next few years would easily absorb all Israelis presently studying abroad, mainly in technological fields. Mr. Almogi spoke at a convention of Israeli students abroad. He said there were about 10,000 Israelis engaged in undergraduate and graduate studies in foreign countries. 7.000 of them in the United States and the remainder in Western Europe.

A special committee headed by Maj. Gen. Amos Horev submitted a report to Mr. Almogi and to Zeev Sharef, Minister of Finance and of Trade and Industry, today warning that Israel may face a severe shortage of engineers and engineering technicians in the next few years. The report said that by 1973 a cumulative shortage of some 4,000 engineers and 14.000 engineering technicians was to be expected. The shortage, the report noted, would mainly be felt in the fields of vehicle production, production engineering, electricity and electronics, chemistry and food.