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Bialystok University of Technology will host the General Assembly of European Network of Accreditation of Engineering Education

17-10-2022
PBialystok University of Technology will host the General Assembly and the meeting of the Administrative Council of European Network of Accreditation of Engineering Education.

At the invitation of Assoc. Prof. Marta Kosior-Kazberuk, DSc, PhD, Eng, Rector of Bialystok University of Technology and Vice-President of the Administrative Council of the European Network of Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE), representatives of accreditation agencies and other accreditation institutions from all over Europe will come to our University. There will be a meeting of the ENAEE Administrative Council on 20 October and a General Assembly on 21 October, which will elect a new ENAEE President. The organisation is now headed by Damien Owens of Engineers Ireland. The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the ENAEE.

The international guests will visit the most important facilities of Bialystok University of Technology on 20 October, see the exhibition of the Sybir Memorial Museum and learn about the most important places in Bialystok. On 21 October, they will visit, among other places, the Icon Museum in Supraśl.

Representatives of the following institutions have confirmed their attendance at the ENAEE General Assembly:

  • AAEPO  – Agency for accreditation of educational programs and organizations: Almaz Nasyrov
  • AAQ – Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance: Berchtold Von Steiger 
  • ACREDITA CI  – Agencia Acreditadora Colegio de Ingenieros de Chile: Felisa Cordova
  • AEER – Association for Engineering Education of Russia: Ksenyia Zaitseva
  • ARACIS – The Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance In Higher Education: Simona Lache
  • ARACIS – The Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance In Higher Education: Veli Aila
  • Engineering Council UK: Denis Marchant
  • Engineering Council UK: Michael Fernando
  • Engineers Ireland: Damien Owens
  • FINEEC – Finnish Education Evaluation Centre: Kati Isoaho
  • IIE – Instituto De La Ingenieria De Espana: José-Luis Tejera
  • KAUT – Accreditation Commission of Universities of Technology: Bohdan Macukow
  • KAZSEE – Kazakh Association for Engineering Education: Abdumutalip Abzhapparov
  • KAZSEE – Kazakh Association for Engineering Education: Yerulan Sagidolda
  • LACCEI – Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions: José Carlos Quadrado
  • MÜDEK – Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Engineering Programs: Yavuz Ercil
  • OE  – Ordem Dos Engenheiros: Carlos Alberto Silva De Almeida E Loureiro
  • OE  – Ordem Dos Engenheiros: Lidia Santiago
  • QUACING – Agenzia Per La Certificazione Di Qualita E L’accreditamento EUR-ACE Dei Corsi Di Studio In Igegneria: Vincenzo Tucci
  • TEK – The Finnish Association of Graduate Engineers: Juhani Nokela
  • Ann Van Eycken – Secretary General
  • Assoc. Prof. Marta Kosior-Kazberuk, DSc, PhD, Eng, Vice-President of the Administrative Council of ENAEE

ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education) is an organisation of national agencies or other accreditation bodies. The purpose of the network is to build confidence in accreditation systems for engineering programmes, to develop standards for competence requirements of engineering graduates, and to develop appropriate agreements for accreditation of engineering studies and recognition of engineering qualifications. ENAEE currently brings together national accreditation organisations concerned with the quality of engineering education at universities in Ireland, Finland, France, Spain, Kazakhstan, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Italy.

One of the main activities of the ENAEE network is the EUR-ACE – European Accredited Engineer accreditation programme. This programme is closely linked to the Bologna Process and is based on the guidelines contained in the document “Framework Standards and Guidelines” (EAFSG). The result of ENAEE accreditation is the EUR-ACE® Label, which confirms the high level of quality of the engineering education programme and its compliance with accepted European standards and principles. The EAFSG was last updated in 2021. Prof. Marta Kosior-Kazberuk was part of the Working Group that worked on the update.

In Poland, the authority to award the EUR-ACE® Label, granted by ENAEE, is held by the Accreditation Commission of Universities of Technology, which, together with the national accreditation of faculties, also awards the EUR-ACE® Label quality certificate.

Nine fields of study at Bialystok University of Technology got such accreditation:

  • Automatic Control and Robotics – first and second cycle studies
  • Eco-power Engineering – first cycle studies
  • Electrical Engineering – first and second cycle studies
  • Electronics and Telecommunication – first and second cycle studies
  • Computer science – first and second cycle studies
  • Information technology and econometrics – first cycle studies
  • Biomedical engineering – first and second cycle studies
  • Logistics – first cycle studies
  • Mechanics and Construction of Machinery – first and second cycle studies
  • Management and Production Engineering – first and second cycle studies

The EUR-ACE® Framework (EAFS) defines the objectives of engineering programmes, i.e. the knowledge, skills and social competences required of graduates with an engineering degree and the professional title of magister (MSc). Obtaining the EUR-ACE® Label is an additional verification and confirmation for the university of the high quality of the students’ education and that the educational programme meets the standards set by European professional organisations. For the student it is a certainty that the chosen field of study meets international standards and gives the opportunity to gain the title of European Engineer (Eur Ing). On the other hand, an employer who employs a graduate of the certified course obtains an assurance that the candidate’s competences in the field of knowledge and practical skills do not deviate from international standards and principles of engineering education.

The ENAEE Administrative Council consists of ten persons, normally elected by the General Assembly for three years.

Its main tasks are to

  • consider and decide on recommendations from the various committees,
  • manage the activities of ENAEE and
  • make proposals to the General Assembly about policies, membership, and financial issues.

ENAEE is led by a President, two Vice-Presidents and a Treasurer, who are also members of the Administrative Council. Currently, there are nine members of the Administrative Council.

by jd