International Engineering Agreements

The Institution is a signatory to the following international engineering agreements:

Washington Accord

The Washington Accord commenced in 1989. It recognises substantial equivalence in the accreditation of academic qualifications in professional engineering. The engineering degrees accredited by the HKIE are recognised by other signatories, and vice versa. Full Signatories to the Washington Accord include Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong-China, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Sydney Accord

The Sydney Accord commenced in 2001. It recognises substantial equivalence in the accreditation of academic qualifications in engineering technology. The higher diplomas and associate degrees accredited by the HKIE are recognised by other signatories, and vice versa. Full Signatories to the Sydney Accord include Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong-China, Ireland, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

International Professional Engineers Agreement (IPEA)

The IPEA (formerly known as Engineers Mobility Forum, EMF which commenced in 2001) establishes an international standard of competence for professional engineering and provides a framework for the recognition of experienced professional engineers by representative organisations in the signatory jurisdictions. Each representative organisation is authorised to establish a register for those engineers wishing to be recognised as meeting the generic international standard. Full Members of IPEA include Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong-China, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and the United States.

APEC Engineer

The APEC Engineer framework was established between the representative organisations of the participating Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies under support of the Government in 1999. It operates in a similar protocol as the IPEA. Member economies include Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong-China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.

International Engineering Technologist Agreement (IETA)

The IETA (formerly known as Engineering Technologists Mobility Forum, ETMF which was signed in 2003) provides a framework for the recognition of experienced engineering technologists by representative organisations in the signatory jurisdictions. Each representative organisation establishes a register for those engineering technologists wishing to be recognised as meeting the generic international standard. Full Members of the IETA include Australia, Canada, Hong Kong-China, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Seoul Accord

The Seoul Accord commenced in 2008. It recognises substantial equivalence in the accreditation of academic qualifications in Computing and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-related education. Hong Kong-China joined as a Full Signatory to the Seoul Accord in June 2009 and following that, the computer science degrees accredited by the HKIE would be recognised by other signatories, and vice versa. Other Full Signatories to the Seoul Accord include Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For details of the Washington Accord, Sydney Accord, IPEA, APEC Engineer and IETA, please visit the website http://www.ieagreements.org/. For the Seoul Accord, please visit the website http://www.seoulaccord.org/.
 


International Registers

 

The Institution has launched the following International Registers under the IPEA, APEC Engineer and IETA agreements:

 


International Engineering Alliance (IEA)

 

The International Engineering Alliance was jointly formed by the six international engineering agreements, namely Washington Accord, Sydney Accord, Dublin Accord, IPEA, APEC Engineer and IETA, in strengthening the mutual recognition work of academic qualifications and professional competence of the engineering profession globally. The Agreement for International Engineering Technicians (AIET) joined the IEA family following its signing in 2015.

 

The seven international engineering agreements hold the International Engineering Alliance Meetings (IEAM) annually starting from 2018 to review policies and procedures, consider applications for membership and discuss other issues pertaining to engineering education and qualification development.

 

IEAM 2019

 

The IEAM 2019 was hosted by the Institution on 10 - 14 June 2019 in Hong Kong.  A delegation consisting of Ir Peter Y WONG, Chairman of the Accreditation Board; Ir Prof Arthur MAK, Deputy Chairman of the Accreditation Board; Ir Dr Philco WONG, Chairman of the IEAM 2019 Organising Committee; Mr Wilbur PANG, Associate Director – Professional Standards and Services; and Dr Jenny TANG, Senior Manager – Professional Standards attended the meetings.

 

Highlights of the meeting outcomes are as follows:

    • Washington Accord 
      Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand were admitted as Provisional Signatories while the Provisional Signatory statuses of Bangladesh and Philippines were extended for two years. In addition, Chinese Taipei, Korea and New Zealand were successfully verified as Full Signatories for another six years.  Russia's application for extending its six-year full signatory status to cover its four-year Bachelor's degree programmes was also approved.  Emeritus Prof Elizabeth Taylor of Australia and Prof Kai-sang Lock of Singapore were elected as the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Washington Accord respectively.

    • Sydney Accord 
      Chinese Taipei and South Africa were successfully verified as Full Signatories for another six years.  Dr Ohyang Kwon of Korea has taken up the Chair of Sydney Accord while Dr Keith Jacobs of South Africa was elected as the Deputy Chair.

    • IPEA
      Japan and New Zealand were successfully verified for the next term of six years as Authorised Members of IPEA while the Authorised Memberships of Australia and Canada were extended for two years. Dato Ir Dr See-sew Gue of Malaysia and Mr Jerry Carter of the United States were re-elected as the Chair and Deputy Chair of the IPEA respectively.

    • APEC Engineer
      Japan and New Zealand were successfully verified for the next term of six years as Authorised Members of APEC Engineer while the Authorised Memberships of Australia and Canada were extended for two years.  Ms Patty Mamola of the United States has succeeded as the Chair of APEC Engineer while Mr Anker Brodersen of Australia has taken up the Deputy Chair.
  • IETA
    Mr Jones Moloisane of South Africa and Ms Katty Turff of the United Kingdom were re-elected as the Chair and Deputy Chair of the IETA respectively.

 

Meetings were also held to consider the restructuring of the IEA governance and review the Rules and Procedures of the educational accords and the competence agreements. Agendas of meetings also covered, amongst others, capability building for sustainable development, collaboration with other international engineering organisations such as the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), and refinement of the review process.

 

The IEAM 2020 will be held on 22-26 June 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

Seoul Accord General Meeting 2019

 

At the meeting, Malaysia was admitted as a Provisional Signatory to the Seoul Accord while Chinese Taipei was successfully verified as a Full Signatory for another six years.  In addition, Prof Michael Johnson of Australia has succeeded as the Chair of Seoul Accord while Ir Dr Pak-leung Yuen of Hong Kong-China has taken up the Deputy Chair.

Meetings were also held on topics such as recognition of technical programmes under the Seoul Accord and closer collaboration with the IEA. Two working groups were set up to further explore the expansion of accreditation for programmes at different levels and areas in computer science and information technology, and to explore ways to refine the accreditation practices among signatories.

The next Seoul Accord meeting will be held on 25-26 June 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa.

 


Network of Accreditation Bodies for Engineering Education in Asia (NABEEA)

 

The NABEEA is a network of respective accreditation bodies in Asia established in August 2007. It is aimed at building mutual capacity to achieve harmonisation of the accreditation systems at the fundamental level. Its members are committed to development and recognition of good practices in engineering education for the region.

 

The current full members of NABEEA include engineering accreditation bodies from Bangladesh, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong-China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

 

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