The Master of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Engineering) program offered by RMIT Vietnam has become the very first engineering program of its kind in Vietnam achieving accreditation by a peak professional institution - Engineers Australia.
Such recognition marks a new important milestone in the University's continuing contribution towards developing world class specialists in the areas of engineering and technology.
The accreditation, at the level of Professional Engineer, applies from 2011 to 2015 and can be further extended until 2018. Thus incorporates the entire first five cohorts of Master of Engineering students undertaking the program at RMIT Vietnam. The first group comprising over 20 students have now completed studies and formally graduated on 24 November 2013.
With over 100,000 members embracing all disciplines of engineering, the institution is the largest and most diverse professional body for engineers in Australia and one of the most respectable professional bodies in the world. Among numerous other roles, for over 45 years Engineers Australia works closely with academic institutions to accredit courses and programs so to ensure that they are aligned with top international benchmarks. Every engineering school in Australia and Australian engineering schools abroad are reviewed on a five-yearly cycle and accreditation of each degree program is confirmed or withheld, as appropriate, and developmental advice is offered. This is the first time an engineering program in Vietnam has been recognised by this reputable engineering body.
Australia (along with other world's leading industrial countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, South Africa, India, Russia, and many others) is also a part of the Washington Accord – an international agreement on engineering degree equivalency and mutual acceptance thus making RMIT's Vietnam Master of Engineering degree recognised globally in practical terms.
RMIT Vietnam President Professor Joyce Kirk said the conferring of this recognition for the Master of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Engineering) program was one of the most significant achievements for the University in its 12-year history in Vietnam.
"The work done by RMIT academics and staff in Vietnam and Melbourne, and particularly in the Centre of Technology, to develop a rigorous and relevant program, engage deeply and meaningfully with industry, and provide clear professional pathways for our students provided the solid foundations for the achievement," Professor Kirk said.
The final report of the Accreditation Committee noted that the Master of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Engineering) program "has been carefully developed to meet the specific needs of the electronic and computer engineering industry sectors in South-East Asia, and in particular the international electronic corporates which have established circuit design, assembly and/or manufacturing capability in Vietnam."
Outgoing Head of RMIT Vietnam's Centre of Technology Professor Serge Demidenko expressed his thanks to many RMIT colleagues who played a vital part in the long and detailed procedure to qualify for Engineers Australia accreditation.
"It is not only the process for accreditation that was part of our success, but the many years the University has spent to bring this program to Vietnam and develop it to the international standard it has been recognised as having," he said.
Head of the Centre of Technology, Associate Professor Anthony Holland said that the graduates of the Master of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Engineering) program at RMIT Vietnam are highly regarded by industry for the particular professional engineering skills gained from studying this program.
"Graduates of the Master of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Engineering) program now really did have a passport to a world of opportunities, with an internationally-recognised qualification and a suite of skills that would make them very attractive to employers here in Vietnam and overseas."