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NCHE cautions universities on uncredited engineering courses

By Apollo Mubiru

Added 12th March 2019 05:41 PM

The Engineers Registration Board was established under the Engineers Registration Act as a statutory body with a mission to regulate and control engineers and their profession

NCHE cautions universities on uncredited engineering courses

Ronald Namugera the Engineers Registration Board registrar addressing the media flanked by NCHE principal legal officer Faridah Bukirwa at NCHE offices in Ntinda, Kampala.Photo by Sylvia Katushabe

The Engineers Registration Board was established under the Engineers Registration Act as a statutory body with a mission to regulate and control engineers and their profession

The National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) has warned universities against enrolling students for engineering courses without accreditation.

"Those students pursuing engineering course in universities that were not accredited to offer such a course are in danger. When they graduate, their degrees will not be recognized and they cannot use such a degree for further studies," the acting executive director, Pamela Kalyegira, said.

Without naming any university and the number of affected graduates, Kalyegira said such institutions face revocation of license or suspension of the course or a fine as the law stipulates.

"Those who went to universities without unaccredited engineering courses, their degrees are not recognized and cannot be registered to practice engineering in Uganda," she said. 

She advised students to crosscheck with NCHE whether a course they want to pursue from a particular university is accredited. Such information is readily available on their website, she added.

Kalyegira was speaking at a joint press conference following the signing of a tripartite memorandum of understanding between the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) with ERB and Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers.

The two will work closely with the NCHE in the accreditation of engineering programs at Universities and other higher institutions of learning. 

The Engineers Registration Board (ERB) was established under the Engineers Registration Act as a statutory body with a mission to regulate and control engineers and their profession within Uganda.

The board regulates and control engineers and their activities within Uganda and advise the government on the engineering industry.

A person who becomes a member is required to submit a technical report and career report plus attending a board interview in addition to filling in a form and attaching copies of certificates for the board's processing of the documentation.

Such an engineer should have pursued a 4-year course and worked under the supervision of a senior registered engineer for a period of not less than two years.

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