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PTC accredits seven engineering programs

Date Posted: October 26, 2017 at 04:30 PM


 

ADAMSON University’s College of Engineering got a big boost when seven of its engineering programs were conferred full accreditation by the Philippine Technological Council (PTC) last October 24, 2017 at the Institutional Gallery, CS building. Dr. Lydia G. Tansinsin, Accreditation and Certification Board for Engineering and Technology (ACBET) chairman and PTC founding president, handed the certificates of accreditation to the college dean and respective chairpersons of the different departments. Engr. Mel Ferrer, PTC executive director, assisted her in the distribution of the certificates.

 The seven programs that were granted accreditation for 2017-2021 are Electrical Engineering (EE), Civil Engineering (CE), Industrial Engineering (IE), Electronics Communications Engineering (ECE), Chemical Engineering (ChE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), and Computer Engineering (CpE). Engr. Arnold B. Lovino proudly received the certificate for EE, Dr. Ma. Cecilia Marcos for CE, Engr. Nestle Sore for IE, Engr. Melanie B. Mendoza for ECE, Engr. Erison C. Roque for ChE, Engr. Antonio P. Doroliat for ME, and Dr. Luisito L. Lacatan for CpE. Back in 2015, ChE, ME, ECE, and IE were given 2-year accreditation also by the PTC and in 2016, CE, CpE and EE got their own.

 In her welcome remarks, Dr. Catherine Castañeda, VP for Academic Affairs pointed out “that accreditation is recognition for so many things, primarily of our capability, especially of our college of engineering, quality, pursuit of excellence and acceptable standards by international bodies. Secondly, it means we have rigorously complied with the requirements of the PTC for the so-called internationally acceptable standards.” She acknowledged the exceptional community spirit and support of the administration, faculty and students in responding to the requirements and directives that were set to gain the recognition. However, she stressed that the work doesn’t end there as the aspiration for a Center of Excellence (COE) is still a milestone to conquer. Still, she gave due appreciation to all who dedicatedly made the accreditation a reality.

 

Dr. Tansinsin shared the struggle of PTC to be accepted as member of the Washington Accord. The16-year education requirement is fortunately being addressed by the K-12 curriculum implementation but more challenging, she said, was the ‘tiering’ of 500 engineering schools across the land. PTC and the Commission on Higher Education have partnered in drawing up criteria and choose 25 of these for presentation to the Accord. There’s a lot to improve especially in terms of facilities, equipment and faculty qualification and she exhorted everyone to upgrade engineering programs so that they become worthy not only of the Sydney Accord criteria but of the Washington Accord’s. As for PTC, it faces its own concerns as it tries to sustain itself as an accreditation system. Lastly, she congratulated Adamson for having passed and earned the full six-year accreditation.

 Engr. Mel Ferrer read the citation for every program: The Philippine Technological Council-Accreditation and Certification Board for Engineering and Technology, Engineering Accreditation Commission. This is to certify that the program [BS Electrical Engineering, etc.] of Adamson University is assessed and evaluated in accordance with PTC-CASEE by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation and Certification Board for Engineering and Technology is accredited for Academic Year 2017-2018 to 2020-2021. Signed: Dr. Lydia Tansinsin, ACBET Chairman and Engr. Federico Lonzada, PTC President.

 University President Fr. Marcelo V. Manimtim, CM, shared his thoughts in connection to the accreditation. He started by relating that on October 9-14, South Manila Educational Consortium (SMEC) member-schools went to Wales upon the invitation of the British Council-Philippines. According to the sponsor, it was about time that the Philippines be part of the educational map of the UK. The purpose of the visit was for collaboration and linkage. In the nine universities that the SMEC visited, each member was given the chance to present its flagship programs and Fr. Manimtim gladly presented the history of the school as well as the engineering programs, which comprise the flagship offering of Adamson. Two universities, Swansea University and Cardiff Metropolitan, were interested in having ties with AdU. In that context, Fr. Manimtim thanked the PTC for what they have granted Adamson because this will also help a lot in strengthening the relationship between AdU and the two universities. “We offer our commitment in raising the standards in the education and engineering field,” he said as he ended his message.

 For her concluding remarks, Dean Evelyn Raguindin proudly referred to the accreditation as “our legacy to our students who will graduate in 2017-2021. This is our legacy to Adamson University – an affirmation of the concerted efforts of the different programs of the college.” Teary-eyed and overwhelmed with joy, she thanked the laboratory personnel, faculty members, student assistants, staff, and co-academic offices for their support. “We have attained the full cycle and looking forward to next cycle in 2021. As I mentioned, our work does not stop. We can pause for a while, enjoy the moment but we can’t stop. We have already set the foundation; we can only go higher. We will continue to see, assess our process, evaluate, innovate and automate our system. Whoever will come after us must continue this path we have set. Thank you and we look forward to soaring higher with you,” she concluded.

 The PTC is a professional organization established in 1978 and currently has 13 umbrella organizations. Its main mission is to foster inter-disciplinary collaboration among professional engineers and member organizations to further improve engineering education in the Philippines as well as for the self-improvement of the Filipino engineer. It is currently targeting a permanent signatory status with the Washington Accord so that Filipino engineers can be recognized equally as their foreign counterparts in the global setting. Future engineers, including graduates of Adamson, will surely benefit from this goal.