Impact of the application of international quality processes on engineering education at universities in Sri Lanka

Somasundaraswaran, Kathirgamalingam (2012) Impact of the application of international quality processes on engineering education at universities in Sri Lanka. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 138 (3). pp. 193-197. ISSN 1052-3928


Globally, the delivery of engineering degree programs and accreditation processes for benchmarking the quality of engineering education have been improved with introduction of the Washington Accord. This paper highlights the overview of engineering education conducted by the national universities in Sri Lanka, and the impacts of the application of international quality processes on their delivery. Currently three national universities offer highly competitive engineering education in Sri Lanka; the University of Peradeniya, the University of Moratuwa and the University of Ruhuna. The University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) have been working together with these universities to assure the relevance and the quality of engineering education. After the Washington Accord, the several notable actions have been employed to ensure quality engineering education, including: institutional and subject reviews carried out between 2005 and 2009 by UGC; the introduction of an improved accreditation process in 2006, and initiatives towards international recognition by IESL in 2007. As a result IESL currently holds provisional status in the Washington Accord and has become a member of the Engineering Mobility Forum.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2013 01:05
Last Modified: 16 May 2013 00:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education; Washington Accord; occupational mobility; engineering undergraduates; developing countries; Sri Lanka
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000100

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