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ECOSF and UNESCO and its partners organized an International High Level Policy Forum and Workshop on “Developing the Roadmap on Engineering Qualification Standardization, Accreditation and Professional System (EQSAPS)” in Dushanbe

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Economic Cooperation Organization Science Foundation (ECOSF) and UNESCO in partnership with the Academy of Sciences, Republic of Tajikistan, the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP), the International Science, Technology & Innovation Centre (ISTIC) and Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) organized an International High Level Policy Forum and Workshop on “Developing the Roadmap on Engineering Qualification Standardization, Accreditation and Professional System (EQSAPS)” in Dushanbe, Tajikistan from 27 to 29 March 2017. This roadmap is aimed at extension and adaptation of the FEIAP guidelines on engineering qualification standardization to countries of ECO region with focus on Central Asia region. Purpose of the workshop was also to assess and review the existing engineering curricula offered in Tajikistan with the objective of harmonization and standardization of curricula within the country with the FEIAP engineering qualification guidelines.

The workshop brought together key stakeholders, policy makers, academicians and engineers from diverse fields and backgrounds that included representatives of high level Government from Republic of Tajikistan, participants from Universities, Engineering Schools and Industry, regulatory bodies of higher education, Academies of Sciences and Engineering Institutions, and some key persons from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan participated in the Forum. The mentors and facilitators from UNESCO Regional Science Bureau Jakarta & Islamabad, FEIAP Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and China, PEC, ISTIC Malaysia, IEEE and ECOSF facilitated and/or contributed to the conduct of EQSAPS. In all, 23 International and 16 local experts besides other government officials took part in EQSAPS that was spread to six sessions. 

Based on experiences from EQSAPS held in Tajikistan, and past experience from Pakistan and other countries, a follow-up action shall be initiated so as to encourage Tajikistan and other regional countries for adopting the improved accreditation and engineering education standardization guideline of FEIAP. China was requested to take its leadership role and realize the potential of “One Belt One Road” so that CAR countries should work together on engineering qualification standardization and accreditation to train their own professionals to enhance their job opportunities under OBOR. It was also endorsed that UNESCO should take lead in providing templates and previous accredited documents for the easy understanding of documentation while UNESCO, FEIAP and PEC should train the Tajikistan officials on accreditation system.

Photo gallery of the event is available in the link: https://www.facebook.com/ECOScienceFoundation

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