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Engineering Qualification, Accreditation & Professional Systems (EQAPS)

To enable the Federation to assist the Ummah in the development of its human capital, particularly in engineering and related areas, it is proposed that the Federation implement a project on Engineering Qualification, Accreditation and Professional Systems (EQAPS) project during 2009 – 2013 (4 years). The project shall include the following sub-projects;

 

1.    Engineering  Qualification Framework & Accreditation System

 

Efforts to export engineering professional services internationally has resulted in various initiatives in the form of Engineers Mobility Forum (EMF), International Engineers Register, ASEAN Engineers Register, APEC/EMF Engineers Register as well as the Washington, Sydney and Dublin Accords and the EURACE project which enable benchmarking of engineering degrees and professional qualifications at the international level. There is a regular International Engineering Meeting (IEM) to facilitate cooperation at this level. The last meeting was in Kyoto Japan in June 2009. Malaysia has achieved a full signatory status of the Washington Accord, making it the first OIC country to enjoy this international benchmark.

 

It is proposed that FEIIC develop an Engineering Qualification Framework and Accreditation System for Islamic Countries similar to that which is promoted under the Washington, Sydney and Dublin Accords as well as the Eurace project in EU. This shall assist member countries in developing their education and training system in their own countries.  An engineering qualification framework document and an engineering accreditation manual shall be published. Training courses and seminars on qualification framework and accreditation shall be conducted in the different regions of OIC economies.

 

This initiative shall also enable member countries to migrate to the outcome-based education (OBE) approach, which stresses on the development of graduates attributes and an emphasis on student-centred learning (SCL).

 

2.    FEIIC Engineers Register

 

In order to enable engineers in FEIIC member countries to benchmark against international engineering practice standards, it has been proposed to establish the FEIIC Engineers Register, which maintains a register of engineers having achieved the international engineering professional qualification benchmark. This will enable member countries to promote professionalism within their economies.

 

The register shall assist in harmonizing the professional examination and registration systems in member countries, although not insisting on following a rigid standard system.

 

3.    Continuing Professional Development Programme

 

3.1 Virtual Journal

 

A large amount of research and development work has been carried out in FEIIC member countries and in order to share this valuable knowledge and experience in new areas of engineering and related studies, a Virtual Journal was introduced and launched during the General Assembly in Jordan (2004). The journal shall enable sharing of state-of-the-art knowledge and experiences in member countries.

 

3.2 International Engineering Convention (InTEC) & Business Forum.

 

The International Engineering Convention (InTEC) and Business Forum was introduced for the first time in Jordan in 2004 to provide a platform for presentations and exchange of knowledge and experience in engineering education and training, research and development and professional practice in member countries. InTEC shall be a regular feature of the FEIIC General Assemblies.

 

3.3 International Advanced Technology Forum (IATF).

 

The success of nations depends to a large extent on their ability to generate and use advanced technology. The International Advanced Technology Forum was introduced in FEIIC to enable member countries to learn and share knowledge and experiences in Advanced Technology, especially those which result from advanced research and development work in member countries. The first IATF was held in Malaysia in 1999.

 

3.4 Training Courses, Workshop & Seminars

 

FEIIC shall organize training courses in such areas as;

 

1.    Value Engineering

2.    Quality Assurance in Engineering Education

3.    Arbitration Practices

4.    Curriculum development and Outcome Based Education.

5.    Accreditation Procedures

6.    Professional Assessment

7.    Sustainable Technologies

8.    Specific engineering and advanced technologies

 

in order to provide continuing professional development for engineers in member countries. These training courses shall be organized from country to country with the assistance of FEIIC network of national member professional institutions.

 

As an example, the first course on Value Engineering was held recently at Shangri-La Hotel, Putrajaya, Malaysia on 5-9 September 2005 with a SAVE International Certified Value Specialist instructor invited from Riyadh enabling a few participants to sit and pass the SAVE International Module #1 exam and register as an Associated Value Specialist (ACVS) with the American based SAVE International. The objective of organizing this series of courses is to encourage the growth of value engineering in FEIIC Countries in order to inculcate cost savings and higher quality in engineering services in member countries.