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Vol 38  No 7
December 15, 2005


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Engineering gets top rating

By Michelle Osmond

“Our graduates, students, faculty and staff should be very proud of this achievement.” -- Dr. Ray Gosine, dean of engineering

All five programs in the Faculty of Engineering at Memorial University were recently granted a full six-year accreditation, the maximum accreditation period possible for engineering degree programs in Canada, after a review by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). All engineering degree programs in Canada undergo rigorous assessments by the CEAB, which acts on behalf of the engineering profession in Canada to ensure that Canadian engineering graduates are among the best in the world.

“This decision by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board is a very strong endorsement of the quality of the engineering degree programs in the faculty and it places our programs among the very best in Canada,” said Dr. Ray Gosine, dean of engineering. “Our graduates, students, faculty and staff should be very proud of this achievement and it reflects an outstanding commitment to engineering education.”

Steve McLean, executive director of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEG-NL), said the PEG-NL Council was extremely pleased to hear of the accreditation of the MUN engineering programs; but the news of the CEAB’s decision didn’t really come as a surprise.

“We have heard only very positive comments from employers about the quality of engineering students and grads from Memorial. This, like accreditation, is a strong indicator of the high standard of the programs there.”

“Full accreditation for all of the faculty’s engineering programs is an outstanding accomplishment, an accomplishment rarely achieved,” said Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial University. “As a former chair of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, I know how hard it is to meet the exacting standards of the CEAB. This result attests to the quality of our faculty and positions our graduates well for their professional careers.”

Accredited engineering programs must contain not only adequate mathematics, science and engineering, but they must also develop communication skills and an understanding of the environmental, cultural, economic and social impacts of engineering on society and of the concept of sustainable development. Accreditation also ensures and reinforces a commitment to educating engineers who are adaptive, creative, resourceful and responsive while fostering innovation in undergraduate students.

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