UET Mardan gets Washington Accord Accreditation for Electrical Engineering Programs
University of Engineering and Technology Mardan becomes the first public sector University of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to get the badge of Pakistan Engineering Council’s (PEC) Outcome Based Education (OBE) accreditation for batch intake 2016 of Electrical Engineering Program, confirming compliance with Washington Accord.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Dr. Imran khan speculated this in his interview last year by calling the institute as an emerging public sector engineering university. UET Mardan has been busy in the implementation of OBE for the last two years since its introduction and has successfully shown its conformity this year by getting recognized as Level II and Level I accredited institute, formally announced by PEC this month. Under Washington Accord, the graduates of UET Mardan would now be able to work on international platforms like in Canada, Australia, USA, UK, Malaysia, Turkey, Russia, Japan, Korea and the list continues.
The Washington Accord is an international agreement signed between engineering bodies that are responsible for accrediting engineering degrees. It recognizes that there is significant equivalency of the engineering programs accredited by all bodies associated with it. Pakistan Engineering council (PEC) is a provisional signatory to the Washington Accord. To be able to get the regular membership status, PEC must encompass requirements of the outcome based education (OBE) as compared to the current traditional teaching approach. Fundamentally, OBE is a process that involves assessment, evaluation and quality improvement practice loop in education to reflect the attainment of expected learning and showing mastery in the program area. It is founded on the principal that each part of an educational system be based around goals, the outcomes. By graduating, each student should have achieved the goals which is the mission of the institute. UET Mardan took this opportunity as a challenge to implement the OBE system and was successful in getting accreditation of one year for the intake batch 2015, B.Sc. Electrical Engineering under Level-I & accreditation of one year for the intake batch 2016, B.Sc. Electrical Engineering under Level-II.