Accreditation of engineering programs: an evaluation of current practices in Malaysia

Mohd Said, S. and Chow, Chee-Onn and Mokhtar, N. and Ramli, R. and Tuan Ya, T.M.Y.S. and Mohd Sabri, M.F. (2011) Accreditation of engineering programs: an evaluation of current practices in Malaysia. International Journal of Technology and Design Education. pp. 1-16. ISSN 0957-7572, DOI

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The curriculum for undergraduate engineering courses in Malaysia is becoming increasingly structured, following the global trend for quality assurance in engineering education, through accreditation schemes. Generally, the accreditation criteria call for the graduates from engineering programs to demonstrate a range of skills, from technical problem solving to soft skills and an aptitude for lifelong learning. In order to comply with these criteria, accreditation schemes are adopted as a quality assurance measure. This paper shall introduce the characteristics of the engineering accreditation scheme in Malaysia. The impact of the accreditation scheme on the quality of these engineering programs shall be evaluated. Data collection is in the form of benchmarking and questionnaires. The evaluation criteria shall be in terms of benefits to the institution, academic faculty, students, and the challenges encountered. A discussion on the evaluation shall include the supposed dichotomies which arise from this accreditation process, namely the compromise between research versus teaching; and the value of engineering knowledge whether as an academic pursuit or catering to industry's needs. Ultimately, this paper shall address a fundamental question related to undergraduate teaching in engineering: whether accreditation is a necessary prerequisite in maintaining high standards in engineering programs in Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Export Date: 28 January 2013 Source: Scopus Article in Press CODEN: IJDEE Language of Original Document: English Correspondence Address: Mokhtar, N.; Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, 50603, Malaysia; email:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accreditation, Engineering education, Outcome Based Education, Quality assurance.
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Mr Jenal S
Date Deposited: 22 May 2013 00:26
Last Modified: 22 May 2013 00:26

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