THE Malaysian Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) has granted full accreditation for the engineering programmes run by Monash University Malaysia.
The university's mechatronics and mechanical engineering courses were accredited by the EAC after undergoing a lengthy assessment process.
The EAC, which comprises the Institution of Engineers Malaysia, the Board of Engineers Malaysia, the National Accreditation Board and the Public Services Department, is the coordinating body that accredits engineering degrees offered by institutions of higher learning.
Monash Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Robert Bignall said both programmes were also granted full accreditation by the Institution of Engineers Australia last year, following the graduation of the first batch of graduates in July.
He said Monash is the first university in Malaysia to achieve full professional accreditation from both the lEAust and the EAC for its engineering degrees.
He added: “The members of the panels that visited us were very satisfied with the quality of our staff, programme and facilities, the interaction with the engineering profession and the quality of students the university produces.
“Our engineering students have displayed a high level of commitment in their studies and have been performing well in their examinations.
“In fact, their academic performance has been slightly better on average than their peers in Australia, who sit for the same examination papers.”
The EAC and lEAust accreditation brings with it significant benefits for Monash's engineering graduates in terms of marketability and employment prospects.
Full accreditation by the lEAust ensures extensive international professional recognition of Monash University Malaysia's engineering programmes, due to Australia's membership in the Washington Accord.
Graduates of the programme will enjoy career advantages in signatory countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Hong Kong, Canada and New Zealand.
o AIN'T no mountain too high for a group of students from the Malaysian Nature Society at Monash University Malaysia.
The students have pledged to raise RM10,000 for the Taman Megah Handicapped and Disabled Children’s Home, in Petaling Jaya, by conquering Gunung Tahan next month.
The money will go towards the construction of a RM2 million building which will house a school, a hydrotherapy pool and a clinic for the 127 children of the home.
To prepare for the nine-day hike, the students are training hard to improve their fitness and stamina levels.
Said Intan Shafinaz Mohd Suhaimi, the spokesperson of the society: “In pursuing our club activities, we have not forgotten the less fortunate within the community.”
The team hopes to raise funds by getting sponsorship from family members, friends, well-wishers and members of the public.
o TODAY is Monash Information Day for students and parents to visit the campus in Bandar Sunway, Selangor, and check out its courses and facilities.
“We want visitors to see the many advantages of studying at Monash University Malaysia,” said the university’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Robert Bignall.
Monash staff and students will be on hand to conduct campus tours and assist prospective students, parents and the public with inquiries.
Various activities are lined up, from 11am to 5pm.
There are talks, presentations and a display by information and technology students.
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