PENANG, 14 Aug. –Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) engineering graduate can be said to be of equal standing with engineers from developed countries including America, United Kingdom Canada, Japan and others.
USM Vice-Chancellor, Prof.Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said this is because all USM engineering programmes have been accredited by the Malaysian Engineering Board (LJM) which is automatically recognized by the Washington Accord (WA).
He said that WA which is based in the United States is a professional body that recognizes engineering programmes world-wide and member nations including Australia, Canada, UK, US, New Zealand, Ireland and Malaysia.
Accreditation by WA also confirms and acknowledges that USM graduands have met the academic requirements and possess a special licence to start their profession as an engineer.
“LJM was officially accepted as a member of WA this year and all our engineering courses are LJM accredited. This means that the USM engineering programme is automatically recodnised by WA.
“The membership automatically places our engineering graduands on par with those from developed cuntries and these graduands are employed not only in their own country but also in countries that are members of WA.
He said this when asked to comment on Tan Sri Razali Ismail, USM Pro-Chancellor’s speech during the 40th USM Convocation here, yesterday.
In his speech, Tan Sri Razali announced that LJM had been officially accepted as a member of WA and this automatically raises the quality of our Malaysian engineering graduands to international standing.
Tan Sri Razali added that the experience of studying in a university would help undergraduates evaluate what is right and wrong in life.
He said that the values acquired while studying in campus should continue once they have left the university to ensure and maintain a harmonious environment for a long period of time.
“We know that to create the spirit of unity among us needs mutual respect, compromise as well as respecting the values, religions, customs and cultures of others.
“I urge all of you to uphold these noble values which have been the foundation of our strength all this while. Be cautious in making statements and giving views so that it doesn’t give rise to anxiety and cause rifts in the existing relationships,” he explained.