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The book focused on cooperative education as a new type of educational programme to answer to the needs of industrial societies with a large population of educated labour force. As explained in Part I , the history of cooperative education started more than a century ago in the United States, but similar types of educational systems have also been developed in other countries. Yet, its development is slow, and it should receive more global popularity. In the American case, it lost the momentum for a while when the government support was reduced in 1990s. It is a labour intensive and thus costly programme, and thus understanding and support of the community at large is essential. It also needs more support from within the educational institutions, since some suspect this programme has a negative effect on other academic programmes. This book attempts to provide the practitioners of cooperative education a tool to prove the effectiveness of this educational programme both at university and workplace.