06.04.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Supports Engineering Association of Timor-Leste to Develop National Strategic Plan for Engineering Standardization and Accreditation

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Association National Engineering Timor-Leste (ANETL) in collaboration with UNESCO organized National Workshop on “Timor-Leste’s Strategic Plan toward Engineering Standardization, Accreditation and Qualification”, in 26-27 March 2018, at Conference Hall of Ministry of Transport Communication Dili Timor-Leste. The workshop was supported by the Malaysia Fund in Trust (MFIT) and in partnership with ISTIC and Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP).

One hundred fifteen (115) people attended the first day of the workshop with approximately 30 percent women. Master Engineering Ir. Inácio Freitas Morreira, Vice Minister of Transport and Communication, Minister of Development and Administration Reform (República Democrática de Timor-Leste - RDTL) opened by workshop. Prof. Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Director and Representative UNESCO Office Jakarta gave welcoming remarks through a recorded video. The opening was also attended by high level officials of Timor-Leste, among others, Dra. Ligia dos Santos, National Commissioner UNESCO Office Timor-Leste, Mrs. Arch, Rosa Vong Amaral, General Director and Acting Vice Ministry of Public Housing and Spatial Environment Plan, and Ir. Edmundo Viegas, National Agency for Academic Assessment and Accreditation (NAAAA), Office Ministry of Education.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together all society of engineering; providing necessary information; socializing the concept of science engineering education, qualifications, standardizations; and exchange knowledge. The workshop in particular addressed the importance of capacity building in accordance to FEIAP guideline on engineering education qualification for international standards in Asia Pacific and South-south Cooperation. To face the global competitive world today, engineers from Least Developing Countries (LDC’s) must play significant role with adequate professional knowledge to be able to compete with counterpart from developing countries in Asia and The Pacific. The workshop also highlighted the structure of ANETL, role of engineers and women engineers according to society needs.
Ir. Carlos Martin secretary general of ANETL, Ir. Kassius and Ms. Elmira (consultant representing UNESCO) closed the workshop.  

Following up of this workshop, ANETL will organize a joint workshop with the Institute of Engineering Malaysia (IEM road) in April 2018 in Dili, Timor-Leste. 

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