Function

 

The EAC comprises 5 stakeholders (BEM, IEM, MQA, JPA and Industry Employers from practicing professionals) from industry and academia.

The EAC’s primary responsibilities are to set policy and conduct approval and accreditation evaluations.

Other functions are as follows:

  • Maintain a list of accredited engineering programmes.
  • Oversee the development and operation of accreditation and mutual recognition of programmes with other countries.
  • Keep the Board informed of the activities of EAC. Where necessary make recommendations to the Board.
  • Foster the dissemination of developments and best practices in engineering education.
  • Advice the Board on public statements or representations that should be made in relation to engineering education.

The Engineering Accreditation Department (EAD) is the administrative arm of the EAC that facilitates all activities of the EAC. There are several active committees within the EAD addressing a variety of issues, including, training, accreditation management system, strategic planning and finance.

The volunteers from industry and academia, also known as programme evaluators, make up the accreditation teams, which conduct on site visits based on request by programmes seeking accreditation, and make recommendations to the EAC at Accreditation Decision Meetings (ADM).

All graduate engineers must register with the BEM to practice engineering in Malaysia. Having an EAC accredited engineering degree is the prerequisite for registration. It is an offence to practice engineering in Malaysia without registering with the BEM as a Graduate or Professional Engineer. Accreditation provides the assurance for the BEM and the stakeholders that engineering graduates have the necessary skills and competencies reflected in the graduate outcomes specified by the EAC Engineering Accreditation Manual.

The Public Service Department (JPA) would only allow graduates from the EAC accredited programmes or those recognized by EAC to join the public service. Only programmes accredited by the EAC would be allowed to be offered at the institutions of higher learning in Malaysia, be it at public or private institutions.

Accreditation also provides the assurance to potential employers and public at large as to quality of graduates and the programmes offered at the institutions of higher learning in Malaysia.

The EAC also believes in international benchmarking and is committed towards continual quality improvement in engineering education. As such EAC is also embarking into several initiatives of mutual international recognition such as with the European and Asian networks, apart from Washington Accord. The EAC presently also provides evaluation service on recognition of international degree programmes.

Degrees accredited by the EAC would also be listed in the Registry of the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA). MQA is a unified body established under the MQA Act to be responsible for accreditation for all higher education programmes in Malaysia.

The Act however acknowledges the role of professional bodies in conducting accreditation of professional programmes such as engineering. Thus the EAC continues to provide the leadership in ensuring all engineering programmes provides quality engineering education.

The EAC establishes the minimum standards for engineering education at the bachelorís level, as specified in the EAC Engineering Accreditation Manual. The Manual has undergone extensive reviews to incorporate comments from Washington Accordís sponsors and mentors. The Working group tasked to review the Manual also studied the Washington Accord Signatory membersí accreditation criteria before recommending changes.