22.07.2016 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Supporting the engineering accreditation for intra and inter-regional mobility of professionals in Africa and Asia and the Pacific

UNESCO Office Jakarta in collaboration with UNESCO Abuja, the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), the Federation of Engineering Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) and the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre (ISTIC) for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC), a category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO, organized the High Level Forum on Engineering Accreditation and Mobility in Africa, from 18 to 22 July 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria.

The forum which was attended high level authorities such as H E Barr. Abdul Reheem Adebayi Shittu, Federal Minister of Communications, H E Mrs Aisha Abubakar State Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, H E Engr Suleiman H Adamu Federal Minister of Water Resources and H E Datuk Lim Juay Jin, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Nigeria; brought together a number of delegates and senior representatives for engineering institutions from Cameroon, Ghana, Malaysia, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.

The aim of this important and strategic Forum was to forge intra and inter-regional cooperation for Engineering Accreditation and mobility of certified Engineering Personnel and professional within Africa and between Africa and Asia-Pacific. A key conclusion is the need to transform engineering education, standardize curricula and teaching methods to emphasize relevance and a problem-solving approach to engineering for delivering 2030 Agenda.

This event which is a great desire for strengthening south-south cooperation for the improvement of engineering standards in Asia and the Pacific and in Africa was organized along two main axis. The first is the high level forum, during which issues such challenges of engineering education in developing, the need for having a recognized standard, the difficulties for engineers and professional from developing countries to be recognized at the international level, the brain drain and poor opportunities for engineers and professionals from the south, etc were discussed. The one day high level forum was concluded by a communique issued at the end of the discussions, highlighting the key observations and recommendations.

Click here to see a copy of the communique.

The second axis of the event was the visit to two training engineering institutions in selected universities in Nigeria. The first institution visited was the Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTM), a post-secondary educational institution, specializes in technological education, located in Minna, Nigeria. 

The second visit was conducted to Bayero University Kano, in the State of Kano with the visit to the Faculty of Engineering, more specifically the Electrical Engineering Department and the Civil Engineering Department.

During these two visits, a series of discussions were conducted with the management officers of the universities such as the Vice-chancellors and the Deans of faculties; the discussions were also conducted with the teachers and students. After the discussions, the participants and delegates visited the different laboratories and training facilities of the universities.

Related information on the events in the news

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN): COREN set to secure international accreditation for Nigerian engineers, says President, 15 July 2016


The Torrent: COREN set to secure international accreditation for Nigerian Engineers, 19 July 2016


Today: COREN set to secure international accreditation for Nigerian engineers, 21 July 2016


Nigeria Newspapers: COREN Set To Secure International Accreditation For Nigerian Engineers


Watsup Africa.com: Forum on Engineering Development in Africa


NTA News (Youtube): Forum on Engineering Development in Africa


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