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US delegation to monitor Pakistan's progress on Washington Accord.

ISLAMABAD -- A delegation of Washington Accord mentors arrived in Pakistan here on Monday on weeklong visit to evaluate Pakistan's progress on roadmap towards full signatory status of Washington Accord.

Pakistan was accepted as a provisional member of the prestigious Washington Accord of International Engineering Alliance (IEA) in 2010.

Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) represented Pakistan to benefit substantial equivalence of engineering qualification and mobility of our engineering graduates and professionals across the borders.

The delegation comprising Prof. Ir. Megat Johari Megat Mohd Noor and Ir. Azlan Abdul Aziz, from Board of Engineers Malaysia, will be briefed by a PEC working group on accreditation constituted after attaining the provisional signatory status of Washington Accord. The delegation would also meet members of PEC's Engineering Accreditation Board (EA&QEC) and senior officials of PEC and Accreditation Department at PEC Headquarter, Islamabad.

PEC has been actively involved in improving the quality of engineering profession in the country and international recognition of accreditation of engineering programs is the most important aspect in this regard. Further, to synchronize the accreditation fully with international standards, PEC being a provisional signatory to the Washington Accord of IEA, has been following and adopting the procedures as prescribed and practiced by the Washington Accord signatories.

A three day international training program on Outcome Based Assessment (OBA) System of Accreditation is also scheduled to be held in Islamabad on 12-14 February, 2013 for engineering program evaluators of PEC. The training is jointly organized by PEC and Higher Education Commission (HEC). Both the members of international delegation will be the resource persons for the training sessions.

The training would enhance the capacity of senior engineering faculty/reviewers by understanding of new OBA concepts for quality assurance of engineering education in Pakistan. PEC has been continuously arranging accreditation training programs for the evaluators and experts since the attainment of provisional signatory status to fully implement this new concept of accreditation system. These trained experts would then be serving as Master Trainers for continued training programs for rest of the reviewers in the country.

The team of mentors would also visit engineering universities including Institute of Space Technology (IST) Islamabad and LUMS Lahore as part of their mentoring and evaluation plan. It is expected that this mentoring visit and training workshop will pave the way in attainment of full signatory status of Washington Accord in near future.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Feb 12, 2013
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