AEER & Washington Accord

Association for Engineering Education of Russia has become a full member of the Washington Accord in 2012. According to the Agreement there can only be one accreditation agency representing one country within the WA.

The Washington Accord, signed in 1989, is an international agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programs that recognizes the substantial equivalency of programs accredited by those bodies."

Key thesis of the Washington Accord:

"Accreditation of engineering academic programmes is a key foundation for the practice of engineering at the professional level in each of the countries or territories covered by the Accord."

Washington Accord acknowledges the following:
  • The quality level of each signatorys national accreditation agency is equally high;
  • The criteria, policies and procedures used by the signatories in accrediting engineering academic programs are comparable;
  • The programs accredited by each national accreditation agency on the territory of its country/region are considered equivalent.

It is stated within the Washington Accord that graduates of programs accredited by any of the signatory bodies should be recognized by the other bodies as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering.

At the moment Washington Accord unites leading accrediting agencies of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Korea, Malaysia, Russian, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Turkey. Another 5 countries are holding the provisional status, their right to be a full signatory is under consideration.

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