December 23, 2015, 1:27p.m. – ALL SIX programs of the Faculty of Engineering received accreditation last Dec. 18 from the country’s signatory to an international agreement on engineering courses. 

UST’s engineering programs were recognized by the Philippine Technological Council, the only body approved by the Commission on Higher Education to be the signatory to the Washington Accord on engineering degree programs, according to UST’s official Facebook page.

The council granted full accreditation to the University’s chemical engineering program for academic years 2015 to 2016 and 2020 to 2021, saying the program had “established and implemented substantially mature outcomes-based educational delivery systems.”

The other five programs (civil, mechanical, electrical, electronics and industrial engineering) were given limited-term accreditation from 2015 to 2017. These programs can still receive full accreditation status depending on their performances, the results of interim program reviews, and compliance with the terms and conditions of accreditation. 

Noel Enriquez, director of the Office for Institutional Planning and Policy Development of Adamson University, headed the program evaluation team that visited the campus last May 4 to 6. Enriquez was joined by six other engineers.

To receive accreditation, each engineering program must pass the general criteria for baccalaureate level programs, such as program educational objectives and specific program criteria. 

The council, established in 1978, accredits engineering programs based on a Washington Accord-compliant certification and accreditation system for engineering education. 

The Washington Accord was signed in 1989 by Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. It later expanded to 17 countries, with six countries including the Philippines under provisional status.

Other local schools accredited by the council are Adamson and Batangas State University, which received accreditation last August and in 2013 respectively. Kathryn Jedi V. Baylon


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