13 October 2017 – Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) under its Faculty of Engineering has successfully attained accreditation from the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) for the degree programmes offered by the Civil Engineering Programme Area.
JBM represents the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highway and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers. These four highly regarded institutions are licensed under the Engineering Council of the United Kingdom, and therefore, the degree programmes would also be recognised in countries which have other signatories of the Washington Accord (including the United States of America, Australia, China, Singapore and Malaysia). Hence, UTB joins the ranks of many well-established universities in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in terms of quality of civil engineering education.
The accredited degree programmes include the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil and Structural Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil and Geotechnical Engineering (now discontinued), and the Master of Science in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering.
The Bachelor programmes are accredited as partially satisfying the educational base for Civil Engineering (CEng) i.e. a programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base. The Master programme provides just this, as it has been accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for CEng for those who already have a partial CEng–accredited first degree.
Professor Dr. Eric Dimla, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering said that the Civil Engineering Programme Area’s attainment of accreditation from JBM provides the assurance that its current Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) and Masters of Science (MSc) degrees meet the tough quality standards established and set by the civil engineering profession.
He also said that this achievement means UTB Civil Engineering Programmes are internationally recognised and benchmarked, offering our prospective and graduate students, their parents and advisors, and employers an important mark of assurance that the programmes meet the highest standards set by the engineering profession.
He also added that this accomplishment is largely thanks to the hard work and assiduous dedication of CE staff who were steadfast in the objective of achieving the milestone and would continue to provide a quality education for Brunei as it strives to accomplish its 2035 vision.
Dr Yap Yok Hoe, Programme Leader, Civil Engineering Programme Area, also shares his thoughts on this achievement:
“The Civil Engineering Programme Area in UTB has been delivering civil engineering education in Brunei since 1998, starting with Higher National Diploma programmes in civil engineering, followed by twinning Bachelor degree programmes with Queen’s University Belfast from 2000 to 2013. We are thus very pleased to obtain JBM accreditation for our fully in-house programmes as it will greatly benefit the career development of our BEng and taught MSc graduates from the first graduating cohort of 2016 and onwards. Nevertheless, we will continue to strive towards maintaining and enhancing the accreditation status of our programmes for the benefit of our current and future students.”
He also mentioned that under the wise guidance and support of the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the development of Brunei Darussalam owes much to the work of civil and structural engineers. It is thus with great pride that UTB will continue to help develop the next generation of professionally-qualified engineers to meet the needs of Brunei Darussalam and beyond.