UTB’s civil engineering programs receive international recognition
Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) recently obtained professional accreditation from the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) of the United Kingdom (UK) for the civil engineering programs of its Faculty of Engineering.
JBM represents five UK professional engineering institutions: the Institution of Civil Engineers; the Institution of Structural Engineers; the Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation; and the Institution of the Permanent Way.
The accredited master’s programs are the new MSc in Civil Engineering and MSc in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering.
Both are accredited as meeting the continuing education requirements of licensed engineers for those who already have a bachelor’s degree with partial accreditation.
Meanwhile, accreditation is also for the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering and BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering programs, both four-year full-time.
Both are accredited as fully satisfying the academic basis for an incorporated engineer and partially satisfying the educational basis for chartered engineers.
According to the field leader of the civil engineering program, Dr. Lim Pang Jen, both bachelor’s programs benefit from strong links with industry and include two months of internship in local or foreign organizations to prepare graduates well for work and in pursuit of studies.
Programs continue to evolve to meet professional demands, including an increased focus on sustainability and climate change. Their reputation is also reflected in QS stars, where civil and structural engineering earned the maximum five stars in program strength.
The Masters in Civil Engineering program was first offered in July 2021 and responds to the needs of the construction industry, including offering the program part-time for working professionals.
UTB-JBM Accreditation Coordinator and Senior Assistant Professor Dr. Uditha Ratnayake also shared that JBM accreditation is based on the sufficiency of civil engineering knowledge acquired by graduates to start their career as an engineer. starting at any civil engineering employer.
During their visit, the YBM independently assessed students’ academic work and held dialogues with students, staff, industry representatives and potential employers on expectations, achievements, employability and future projects.
The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Ramesh Singh Kuldip Singh, added that the qualifications are internationally recognized for work and further study, and are benchmarks for becoming chartered engineers and model professionals.
With this achievement, UTB joins the ranks of many well-established universities in the UK and elsewhere in terms of providing quality civil engineering education that meets the stringent quality requirements of professional engineering institutions.