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Engineering and Technology Education Certification

About Engineering and Technology Education Certification

  • In 1989, six NGO institutes of engineering and technology education (United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Ireland) signed the Washington Accord (WA) to promote the accreditation of engineering and technology education at universities. In 1995, 1999, and 2005, Hong Kong , South Africa, and Japan signed WA. In 2007, Taiwan also signed WA and is represented by Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (IEET). The current provisional signatories are Germany, India, and Russia.
  • Accredited departments or programs are recognized by WA signatories. Mainstream universities around the world such as MIT and Caltech also generally accept the accreditation criteria of WA and pursue the approval of the accreditation mechanism. It’s for all to see that the accreditation has been the trends in engineering education among universities in the world. It influences profoundly the improvement of education quality and innovation of teaching mechanism; consequently, it’s been valued commonly. The graduates from those accredited university departments would have a broadened job market worldwide. Accordingly, WA assists the mobility of global engineering practitioners as well. Sooner in the future, the qualification of accreditation would be the important reference while students and their parents choose departments or schools.
  • In Taiwan, accreditation of engineering and technology education is executed by Institute of Engineering Education, Taiwan, R.O.C. (IEET). “IEET is the sole window for contact in issues related to accreditation of engineering and technology education programs in Taiwan.”“Accreditation of engineering programs is intended to evaluate engineering programs at domestic universities and colleges, universities of science and technology, and institutes of technologies recognized by the Ministry of Education. Such educational programs must begin after the senior high/vocational school level, require four or more years of study, and confer baccalaureate degrees.”(“…” are extracted from IEET official website.)
  • Most WA signatories accept the “outcome-based” accreditation criteria. Namely, students’ accomplishments would be the evaluation bases of the teaching outcome and the optimal objective would be encouraging departments to improve constantly. All WA signatories pursue the “substantially equivalence” in the accreditation.
  • The followings are the merits of joining the accreditation:
    • Raising the lecture quality of engineering education, improving students’ learning efficiency, and making the courses meet the needs of industries
    • Accelerating the rise of the whole quality of domestic engineering departments and assisting the mutual positive competition
    • Making course objectives adjusted to the development of technology and the needs of industries to increase job opportunities and space of development for the graduates
    • Making universities and departments find their accurate positions based on their educational missions and objectives and providing industries diverse and unique professionals
    • The data and results via fair and objective evaluations can offer the significant index of reference for all fields to confer about the outcome of engineering education.
    • Intensifying the domestic competitiveness of accredited departments or universities to enroll more excellent students
    • Assisting to integrate domestic engineering education with other countries to attract foreign students to study in Taiwan
    • Letting domestic engineering fields graduates’ records of formal schooling be recognized directly by WA signatories so that the job market of the graduates of engineering departments can expand around the world
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