The WFEO Committee for Education in Engineering has been coordinating and leading the mentoring of the Institution of Engineers Mauritius (IEM) Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) by the National Board of Accreditation, India and the Engineering Council of South Africa. Both organizations are signatories of the International Engineering Alliance. Good progress has been made in establishing the necessary structure and procedures for accreditation of engineering programs to date.
The next important step in the journey to recognition as an international signatory of the International Engineering Alliance was the site visits by the mentors to Mauritius.
The visits were made to the three universities providing engineering education programs on 27 June and 1 July 2022. Dr Sanjay Agrawal, the mentor representing the National Board of Accreditation, India, attended in person, Prof Collier-Reed of Engineering Council of South Africa attended virtually and Dr Marlene Kanga, WFEO President 2017-2019 also attended the visits as part of the WFEO-IEA mentoring alliance.
The visits were supported by the Government of Mauritius through the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Mauritius Tertiary Education Commission, the Council for the Professional Regulation of Engineers, and the Mauritius Quality Assurance Authority for Education, demonstrating national support in the education system for the mentoring program.
Mock accreditation visits were led by local assessors with non-participatory observation by mentors at:
- University of Mauritius – Civil and Chemical & Environmental engineering programs
- University de Mascareignes – Civil engineering program
- University of Technology – Electrical & Electronics and Telecommunications engineering programs
Dr Sanjay Agrawal, representing the National Board of Accreditation, India provided training to the engineering educators and assessors. The educators and assessors also accessed the training webinars on the WFEO Academy website as part of their preparation for the visit.
Article by Dr Marlene Kanga, WFEO President 2017-2019.
Opening Session: L to R: Chair Quality Assurance Authority, Chair Council for Registration of Professional Engineers, President Institution of Engineers Mauritius, WFEO President 2017-2019 Dr Marlene Kanga, Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Science and Technology Mauritius, Dr S Agrawal, Mentor NBA India, Dr Andrew Chan, Chair Engineering Accreditation Board Mauritius, Chair Mauritius Institute of Education, Chair Tertiary Education Commission Mauritius, 27 June 2022
Assessor team, Chemical Engineering, and observers at University of Mauritius 28 June 2022
Assessor team, Electronics Engineering and observers at University of Technology (UTM) Mauritius 29 June 2022
Assessor team, Civil Engineering and observers at Universite des Mascareignes (UdM) Mauritius 29 June 2022
Assessor team for University of Mauritius with Industry representatives and non-participatory observation by mentors, 27 June 2022