The panel deals with the circulation of engineering teaching models in Latin America and in countries on Europe's margins, and its impact on the making of engineering schools. The choice between models reflects the growing importance of engineering in the administrative shaping of modern states.
Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the dissemination of engineering training institutions in Latin America and in countries on Europe's margins reveals the existence of different competing teaching models. From the French polytechnicien to the German Technische Hochschule model, from the British to the Land-grant College North-American system, teaching models available since the 19th century offer different concepts about the training and the desired Engineer profile. National elites choice between these competing models disclose different perceptions on Engineering and its place in local societies, on the nature of the ambitioned technological modernization. Finally, it highlights the strategic importance of the establishment of engineering schools to the administrative and political shaping of modern states.