• UBD’s General Engineering Programme becomes Brunei’s first to get accreditation by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET)
UBD’s General Engineering Programme becomes Brunei’s first to get accreditation by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET)

Universiti Brunei Darussalam's Bachelor's degree programme in General Engineering has been conferred full accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. This is the first engineering programme in Brunei Darussalam to be accredited by ABET which is based in the USA and founded in 1932.

ABET accreditation assures that programmes meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

Developed by technical professionals from ABET's member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at programme curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.

Sought worldwide, ABET's voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programmes in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance.

The General Engineering programme in UBD is offered by the Faculty of Integrated Technologies (FIT) which was established in 2012. The programme allows students to stream in 3 majors namely Information and Communication Systems, Energy Systems and Manufacturing Systems.

Professor Dr Chandratilak De Silva Liyanage, the Dean of the Faculty of Integrated Technologies, stated that, "From the inception of the Faculty of Integrated Technologies, the Faculty emphasised on a quality design centric, broad-based engineering education with an innovative curriculum that enhances students' personal and professional development. It indeed is a proud moment that as a result of passion and dedication towards quality education, the Faculty has obtained this prestigious ABET accreditation retroactively with effect from October 2017".

Datin Dr. Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti POKLWDSS Hj Awang Abdul Aziz, the Vice-Chancellor of UBD stated that, "Alhamdulillah, full ABET accreditation of UBD's General Engineering programme assures great confidence that our engineering programmes meet high international standards essential in preparing graduates to enter critical STEM fields in the challenging global workforce environment. It also positions UBD as an international player in competitive and cutting-edge education from the viewpoint of technology, innovation and enterprise. Alhamdulillah, this is a truly remarkable milestone for UBD and for this attainment, we are thankful for the strong support of the Government of His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam. "

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with ISO 9001:2015 certification. It currently accredits 4,144 programs at 812 colleges and universities in 32 countries. More information about ABET, its member societies, and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at www.abet.org. For more information about the Universiti Brunei Darussalam's Bachelor's degree program in General Engineering, visit http://fit.ubd.edu.bn.

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