The college of Engineering (CENG) at Qatar University (QU) was established in 1980 with four programs and less than 50 students. Over the years, the college has grown to become a flagship for QU with 8 undergraduate programs, 4 master programs, and one PhD program with more than 1400 students.
In accordance to this rapid growth, the college has started a systematic process for quality assurance. Accreditation, which is a voluntary, peer-review and periodic process that ensure educational quality, is a mean to achieve quality assurance.
A starting point towards the achievement of accreditation and further improvement of the educational environment within the college was getting “Substantial Equivalency” recognition from ABET, which is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology in the USA. The Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering programs were granted this recognition effective October 1, 2005. These engineering programs at Qatar University were among the first in the region to be evaluated using the “EC 2000” accreditation criteria.
Thereafter, the college recently announced its success in obtaining ABET accreditation status for its Bachelor degree programs in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science. The programs have been respectively accredited by the Engineering Commission and Computing Commission of ABET. This accreditation followed an intensive process over several years of CENG in-house self-study, an internal peer review, and site visits by the ABET review team to evaluate program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support.
At a college level, this achievement is considered as an important milestone for the college programs. Working hard in collaboration with partners to ensure that CENG students receive international-standard quality education with local and regional relevance was a key driver to this achievement. Moreover, feedback and contribution to the accreditation process through CENG members’ efforts, QU leadership support, and industrial partners were really essential for this success.
At the university level, this accreditation is considered as an addition to the College’s previous accreditation successes and is in line with the institutional strategic plan towards accreditation for all QU colleges and programs where applicable. It demonstrates university commitment to quality assurance and best practices for all academic programs with the aim of providing students with international-standard quality education.