Important update on the eligibility of MCAST B.Eng. (Hons.) Programmes for the Engineering Profession Warrant

The Chamber of Engineers (CoE) has been engaged in extensive discussions with ASIIN – the German quality assurance consultants appointed by the Board tal-Inġiniera following a tendering procedure which the CoE assessed prior to publication.

The consultants were appointed to determine whether the 4-year 240ECTS B.Eng(Hons.) courses which started in October 2018 are of sufficient quality to fulfil the academic qualifications requirement for the engineering profession warrant.

The CoE issued regular communications to members to ensure awareness of our work as a key stakeholder to field recommendations which safeguard the quality of engineering educcation in general.

The evaluation carried out by ASIIN based on the fulfilment of the requirements adopted by the expert panel and the professional approach with which ASIIN conducted this academic review is clear and the Chamber acknowledges and respects ASIIN’s approval of these courses. The Board tal-Inġiniera embraced ASIIN’s confirmation and approved the new B.Eng(Hons) programmes offered by MCAST.  Further to their approval, ASIIN highlighted that the study results, as well as the individual performance of graduates who have completed the programmes, are subject to a final review later in 2022.

As part of its continued involvement in this process, the CoE has requested the Board tal-Inġiniera to publish ASIIN’s Evaluation Report of these B.Eng.(Hons.) programmes which reflects the review process since September 2020 to date. The Board tal-Inġiniera is pending re-appointment as a Government Board and the CoE shall follow this action at the first opportunity.

Note: The programmes in the subject of this article are not related to the Pre-Warrant Qualifications Course (PWQC) and B.Eng.(Hons) students who started Oct 2018 onwards do not need to carry out the PWQC . The PWQC course is currently ongoing its first year and the course applies to a specific cohort of students from the older courses. The PWQC is a requirement for these older MCAST engineering courses to become eligible for the engineering warrant. Refer to this press release for more information.

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