THE chemical engineering degree programmes at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia and Dubai campuses have been accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
The semi-virtual accreditation of the Malaysia campus was a first for the professional qualifying body, which successfully adapted its processes due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The degree programme accreditation in Dubai is also the first for IChemE in the Middle East region. Heriot-Watt’s original programmes at its base in Scotland has also been re-accredited.
Eighteen programmes were accredited, including a Bachelors in Engineering (BEng) Chemical Engineering course at all three campuses, and Master’s in Engineering (MEng) Chemical Engineering courses in Malaysia and Scotland.
IChemE accreditation provides a benchmark against other programmes across the world and the BEng provides students with evidence of meeting educational-based requirements when applying for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status, while accredited MEng programmes provide evidence for Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Assessment visits are carried out by three IChemE member volunteers who together provide a comprehensive assessment on the degree programmes and make recommendations to IChemE’s Education Accreditation Forum which ultimately determines if degree programmes meet the required standard.
Assessments were undertaken at the Scotland and Dubai campuses in person, but due to travel restrictions in Malaysia, just one assessor attended its campus and undertook conference calls with the other assessors to successfully complete the assessment.
IChemE accredits programmes at more than 60 universities in 15 countries. Heriot-Watt is the second university to simultaneously have three identical programmes accredited across three separate campuses.
The first was the University of Nottingham with its campuses in China, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.
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