European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education

The European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE) was established in 2006 as an organization to promote quality in engineering education across Europe and beyond. It is rooted in the Bologna process which aims to build the European Higher Education Area.
Membership of ENAEE is open to all bodies concerned with educational and professional standards in engineering. Such bodies may include accreditation and quality assurance agencies, professional organisations, associations of higher education institutions, employers’ associations, and engineering student bodies and their associations.

European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education
Founded2006
Typeaisbl (belgian law)
FocusQuality assurance of engineering higher education
Location
Area served
Europe and worldwide
ProductsEUR-ACE label
Key people
Damien Owens, president (2019–...)
Websiteenaee.eu

Mission and activitiesEdit

ENAEE is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission[1] is to serve the public and society through the promotion and advancement of engineering education in Europe and abroad. ENAEE aims at building a pan-European framework for the accreditation of engineering education programmes, to enhance the quality of engineering graduates, to facilitate the mobility of professional engineers and to promote quality and innovation in engineering education.
To achieve these goals, ENAEE has established and regularly updates the EUR-ACE label Framework Standards and Guidelines (EAFSG) as a set of quality standards for the outcomes of the engineering degree programmes, the training institutions and the accreditation agencies. EAFSG's are intended to be applied to all branches of engineering and to qualify graduates to enter the engineering profession and to have their qualifications recognised throughout the area[2].
ENAEE has established the EUR-ACE label for engineering degree programmes which fulfil the EAFSG standards[3] requirements for student workload, programme outcomes and programme management; as of mid-2019, more than 2 000 EUR-ACE labels have been awarded at Bachelor and Master Level[4] within the European Higher Education Area and beyond>.
ENAEE does not accredit directly engineering degree programmes; after evaluation of their policies and procedures, it authorizes accreditation and quality assurance agencies to award the EUR-ACE label to the engineering degree programmes which these agencies accredit. As of mid-2019, 15 agencies are authorized by ENAEE. They signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement, known as the EUR-ACE Accord, whereby they accept each other's accreditation decisions in respect of Bachelor and Master degree programmes.
As of end 2018, more than 2 000 EUR-ACE labels were awarded to engineering degree programmes in 300 universities and other higher education institutions, in countries both within and outside of Europe[5].

EUR-ACE framework standards and GuidelinesEdit

In 2006, ENAEE set the standards (ESG) which assure the quality of engineering degree programmes in both Europe and internationally ; to accommodate the different historic traditions of engineering teaching within different countries, the framework does not focus on the study programme contents, but specifies the outcomes[6] of the accredited programmes.
In line with the level 6 and 7 of the European Qualifications Framework, the outcomes describe the knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities, which an accredited engineering degree programme must enable a graduate to demonstrate. In the ENAEE framework, they are grouped under six headings:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Engineering analysis
  • Engineering design
  • Investigations
  • Engineering practice
  • Transferable skills

In 2014, a major revision of the framework was undertaken to reflect the experience gained from the beginning and was published in 2015 [7].

Organization of ENAEEEdit

ENAEE is an International Association, registered in Belgium as an association without lucrative purpose. ENAEE members are organisations concerned with engineering education and/or profession, and in particular with accreditation. There are two membership categories: full members and associate members. As of January 2019, ENAEE has 19 full members and 5 associate members.
Beside the bodies (General Assembly, Administrative Council) common to all not-for-profit associations, ENAEE has a Label Committee (LC), composed of one representative of each accreditation agency. The LC makes recommendations to the Administrative Council in relation to the granting of the EUR-ACE labels to engineering education programmes.

Presidents of ENAEEEdit

  • Giuliano Augusti, Italy (founding president 2006 – 2012)
  • Iring Wasser, Germany (2012–2014)
  • Bernard Remaud, France (2014–2018)
  • Damien Owens, Ireland (2019 – …)

ENAEE full members (2020)Edit

  1.   AAQ – Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance
  2.   AEER – Association for Engineering Education of Russia
  3.   ANECA – National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain
  4.   ARACIS – The Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education
  5.   ASIIN – Fachakkreditierungsagentur für Studiengänge der Ingenieurwissenschaften, der Informatik, der Naturwissenschaften und der Mathematik e.V. – Germany
  6.   CoPI – Conferenza per l’Ingegneria – Italy
  7.   CTI – Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur – France
  8.   EC – Engineering Council – Great Britain
  9.   EI – Engineers Ireland
  10.   FEANI – European Federation of National Engineering Associations
  11.   FINEEC – Kansallinen Koulutuksen Arviointikeskus Karvi – Finland
  12.   IDA – The Danish Society of Engineers
  13.   IIE – Instituto de la Ingenieria de Espana
  14.   KAUT – Accreditation Commission of Universities of Technology – Poland
  15.   KazSEE – Kazakhstan Society for Engineering Education
  16.   Müdek – Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Engineering Programs – Turkey
  17.   OE – Ordem dos Engenheiros – Portugal
  18.   Quacing – Agenzia per la Certificazione di Qualità e l’Accreditamento EUR-ACE dei Corsi di Studio in Ingegneria- Italy
  19.   TEK – Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland – Finland
  20.   ZSVTS – Association of Slovak Scientific and Technological Societies
  21.   ICACIT – Instituto de Calidad y Acreditación de Programas de Computación, Ingeniería y Tecnología en ingeniería - Perú.

History of ENAEEEdit

The European Standing Observatory for the Engineering Profession and Education (ESOEPE) was established in September 2000. Its aim was to improve systems of accreditation of engineering degree programmes in Europe. In 2004, ESOEPE submitted a proposal to the European Commission. This proposal envisaged the establishment of a quality label (the EUR-ACE Label) which could be awarded to engineering degree programmes which had reached certain educational standards, as defined by their learning outcomes. The proposal was accepted by the European Commission and funding provided for the project.
The EUR-ACE label was listed among the six EC-sponsored "European quality labels in higher education".[8]. With the support of the European Commission, ENAEE developed projects to disseminate the EUR-ACE system respectively: in the European Union ; PRO-EAST in Russia ; QUEECA [9] in Central Asia ; MEDACCR[10] in South Mediterranean countries.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ENAEE missions and objectives
  2. ^ Augusti, Giuliano (2006)Transnational recognition and accreditation of engineering educational programmes in Europe: Perspectives in a global framework. European Journal of Engineering Education. 31. 249–260. 10.1080/03043790600644370.
  3. ^ EUR-ACE® framework standards and Guidelines
  4. ^ European qualifications framework
  5. ^ Database of EUR-ACE® labelled programmes
  6. ^ A Tuning-AHELO Conceptual Framework of Expected Desired/Learning Outcomes in Engineering
  7. ^ Manual of the EUR-ACE-Framework-Standards-and-Guidelines (2015)
  8. ^ "Agreement of Co-Operation between the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA) and the Network of Central and Eastern European Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEEN)" (PDF). ECA Consortium. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  9. ^ Capacity building approach for EUR-ACE accreditation in Central Asia
  10. ^ On-line Quality Assurance and EUR-ACE Accreditation of Engineering Programmes in Mediterranean Area