Why Get Your Engineering Programme Accredited?

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7th International CONCEIVE DESIGN IMPLEMENT OPERATE Conference (CDIO2011)

Why Get Your Engineering Programme Accredited?
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Author:Peter Goodhew <goodhew@liv.ac.uk> (University of Liverpool)
Date: 2011-06-20     Track: Main     Session: 1
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054662
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054663

In many countries engineering degree programmes can be submitted for accreditation by a professional body and/or graduate engineers can be certified or registered. Where this is available most academic institutions feel that they must offer accredited engineering programmes. I suggest that these processes are at best ineffective (they do not achieve their aims) and at worst they are destructive of creativity, innovation and confidence in the academic community. I wish to argue that such processes (including any internal certification within CDIO) should be abandoned completely. I will propose alternative ways of maintaining the quality of engineering design and manufacture, which place the responsibility where it properly lies – with the manufacturer or contractor.