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20.06.2011
The delegation of the Association for Engineering Education of Russia participated in the meetings of the Washington Accord and the APEC Engineering Register

The delegation consisting of AEER President Yury P. Pokhokov, Director of the AEER Accreditation Centre Sergey I. Gerasimov and Head of TPU Certification Center Aleksandr V. Zamyatin took part in the regular (once every 2 years) meeting of the Washington Accord (WA) and the APEC Engineering Register (APEC).

At the WA meeting AEER President made a presentation on progress in public and professional accreditation in Russia, conducted by AEER. On its basis, the discussion of the work of AEER to improve AEER procedures and documentation on the organisation and carrying out of public and professional accreditation was held. The WA Mentoring Committee noted the significant progress of AEER and recommended to continue efforts to advancement of the signing by AEER of the Washington Accord in 2012. The need to sign the Washington Accord by AEER is dictated by AEER pursuit for improvement of the quality of Russian engineering education programmes and their international recognition in the case of public and professional accreditation of these programmes by AEER structures.

We remind you that the Washington Accord was signed in 1989 by eight English-speaking countries (represented by the accreditation organisations in these countries, conducting public and professional accreditation) to demonstrate the mutual recognition of criteria and procedures for public and professional accreditation of educational programmes in engineering and technology (engineering education programmes). Currently there are 14 WA full members (the signatories). Association for Engineering Education of Russia is one of three organisations that achieved provisional status of the WA since 2007.

They also participated in the meeting of the APEC Engineer agreement, the leading international register of professional engineers. The agreement between the APEC participating countries was signed with the purpose of mutual recognition of criteria (requirements) and procedures for certification of professional engineers in the member countries. Russia represented by AEER is the APEC full member from 2010. Certification of professional engineers in Russia is conducted by the Russian Union of Scientific and Engineering Organizations and the Association for Engineering Education of Russia.

At the APEC meeting the participants accepted the proposal to prepare and distribute among leader countries of Asian-Pacific region the APEC message with the proposal to take special actions to support engineering activities in the countries of Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation.




Address of Yuri P. Pokholkov