Definition of polytechnic in English:

polytechnic

noun

  • An institution of higher education offering courses at degree level or below, especially in vocational subjects.

    • ‘This policy has put a whole lot of people's backs up - everybody from universities, polytechnics, and private training providers - the whole lot were opposed to the export levy from day one.’
    • ‘The dignity of academic people and their universities and polytechnics has been assailed from without by government and from within by the corrosion of bureaucracy.’
    • ‘Because the polytechnics had always been primarily teaching institutions, the requirements to compete in both the research and fundraising arenas have created stress.’
    • ‘As early as the mid-1970s, the desire of the polytechnics to be put on an equal footing with the universities was viewed by some, including the public press, to be detrimental to their mission.’
    • ‘He has to promote the involvement of the private sector in that, because the polytechnics and the universities will simply not be able to provide the number of courses needed.’
    • ‘When aspiring to become universities, the British polytechnics envisioned more funding and greater autonomy over the expenditure of those funds, but neither came with university status.’
    • ‘To supply the growing educational and training demand, active support has been granted to private institutes, polytechnics and colleges that provide IT training.’
    • ‘Academic staff from universities and polytechnics, as well as research scientists and engineers from the industry and research institutes, will play important roles for the organization of the workshops.’
    • ‘The total number of Maori participating in universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and wananga has increased by 103 percent since 1990.’
    • ‘Muslim students are banned from wearing head scarves at schools and junior colleges but are allowed to wear them in polytechnics and universities.’
    • ‘It removed the polytechnics (now universities) and sixth-form colleges from local control and allowed secondary schools to opt out of local authority control and become grant-maintained schools funded by Whitehall.’
    • ‘Students from 22 engineering colleges, 24 polytechnics and 13 schools had displayed their projects, and were vying for prizes in various categories.’
    • ‘He believed downgrading education in Britain, so that technical colleges and polytechnics became universities, was a backward step.’
    • ‘This result was accomplished by granting university status to the polytechnics and to some colleges of higher education.’
    • ‘Other tertiary institutions such as polytechnics and private training establishments are funded the same way.’
    • ‘So, in 1992, the Conservative government of the day turned the polytechnics into universities, doubling overnight the proportion of students attending university.’
    • ‘From 1825 all vacant professorships at Austrian universities and polytechnics were filled by public competition.’
    • ‘Students at those polytechnics, recently renamed universities, are of course the worst of all the studying kind.’
    • ‘The point of tension in the system began when polytechnics and institutions of technology were allowed to issue degrees.’
    • ‘The conversion of the British polytechnics into universities is parallel to the move by some community colleges to offer a workforce bachelor's degree.’
    educational institution, training establishment, centre of learning, seat of learning
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Usage

In Britain the term polytechnic has largely dropped out of use. In 1989 British polytechnics gained autonomy from local education authorities and in 1992 were able to call themselves universities

Origin

Late 18th century (in the name of a particular institution in Paris): from French polytechnique, from Greek polutekhnos, from polu- ‘many’ + tekhnē ‘art’.

Pronunciation

polytechnic

/ˌpɒlɪˈtɛknɪk/