Engineering Education at Boğaziçi University Is at International Standards (October 18, 2016)
All departments of Boğaziçi University Faculty of Engineering received ABET accreditation recently. ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) is a non-governmental agency that evaluates applied science, engineering, engineering technology and informatics programs of higher education institutions.
All programs of Boğaziçi University Faculty of Engineering received ABET accreditation for the first time in 1998. The latest accreditation starts in 2016 and remains valid for 6 years; it includes all the programs of the Faculty of Engineering.
Speaking about the recent ABET accreditation, Professor Günay Anlaş, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, said that with its programs, internationally recognized faculty members, its focus on research, and the successful student profile, BU Faculty of Engineering was the best engineering school in Turkey, and that the quality of engineering education offered was above international standards.
Prof. Anlaş said that engineering education that began at Robert College School of Engineering in 1912 held a special place in the history of BU and had historical significance in the field of engineering.
Underlining the importance of the recently renewed ABET Accreditation, Anlaş explained that ABET measured the quality of engineering education through multi-layer, multi-variable evaluation procedures.
“The most remarkable feature of the ABET accreditation process is that it requires the universities to assess themselves,” continued Anlaş. “ABET certification is sought by state institutions and private firms. Leading universities in the United States are in the ABET system. The request for accreditation is initiated by Faculties of Engineering. Going through ABET accreditation is critical for an institution; in fact, it is as important as the education offered by the institution and also as a way of developing a culture of self-regulation.
Accreditation is given only for undergraduate programs. Assessment criteria include written statement of the educational aims and objectives of the programs; reflection of the views of representatives from the industrial sector, advisory boards of departments, and alumni on program aims and objectives; documentation of program outcomes and course notes; and publication of all information concerning the program and the curriculum on the web page of the institution.”
Prof. Günay Anlaş explained that before the accreditation process began, ABET Program Evaluators, who are academics from engineering sciences, had visited Boğaziçi University and carried out a meticulous examination of the programs, course schedules and applications, and talked to faculty members as well as students.