Accreditation Received after Extensive Assessment by External Review Team
Abu Dhabi-UAE: 13 February, 2012 – Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) at the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has granted accreditation to its post-graduate Chemical Engineering Program.
The three-member External Review Team (ERT) completed an extensive assessment of the Chemical Engineering Program in September 2011. The delegation was present at the campus from 18-21 September and met with the faculty and professional staff in the affiliated Chemical Engineering Program, in addition to visiting classrooms, library and research laboratories. The delegation was received by Prof. Youssef Shatilla, Associate Dean for Graduate Education and the Chemical Engineering Faculty at Masdar Institute.
The review covered Masdar Institute’s governance, policies and procedures, quality assurance measures, education program, fiscal resources and community engagement.
The CAA assessment utilizes standards-based quality assurance processes to evaluate educational quality and offer an assurance to the community that licensed academic institutions and their accredited programs truly meet internationally recognized benchmarks.
Prof. Youssef Shatilla said: “Accreditation plays an important role in the recognition of academic programs by prospective students, their families and the community. The accreditation for the Chemical Engineering Program by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research reflects the confirmation that Masdar Institute’s academic excellence is on par with international standards. We are delighted to receive this accreditation for our program that is backed by competent faculty and other academic and financial resources. We thank the external team and the higher authorities for their confidence in the academic infrastructure at Masdar Institute.”
Masdar Institute has already received Initial accreditation for seven of its Master’s programs including Computing and Information Science; Electrical Power Engineering; Engineering Systems and Management; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Microsystems Engineering, as well as Water and Environmental Engineering. The team at Masdar Institute is working on the accreditation of the Interdisciplinary PhD program.
The academic programs at Masdar Institute are based on the US graduate educational model that integrates courses and seminars with multi-disciplinary research. The structure of the academic programs does not follow the traditional colleges and departments model and is designed to encourage students and faculty to study and research across program boundaries. This is important to enable researchers to tackle complex problems in energy and sustainability that cannot be confined to single disciplines.