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UCOL Engineering Diploma deemed world-class

By UCOL on Wednesday, 06 April 2016

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UCOL Engineering graduates will now be recognised as having received a world-class engineering education, thanks to a new industry accreditation.

UCOL Engineering graduates will now be recognised as having received a world-class engineering education, thanks to a new industry accreditation.

Recently awarded Dublin Accord status by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), UCOL's NZ Diploma in Engineering Level 6 is now accredited to internationally recognised benchmarks.

The Dublin Accord is an agreement for the international recognition of Engineering Technician qualifications, of which IPENZ is a Signatory. Currently, there are eight Signatories to the Dublin Accord; Australia, Canada, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States.

The two year Engineering Diploma delivered on UCOL's Palmerston North campus, was reviewed by IPENZ late last year and subsequently the IPENZ panel signalled its support for the programme's Dublin Accord status.

UCOL Executive Dean Trades and Technology, Dr Nicky Van der Bergh, says the IPENZ panel commended UCOL's commitment of academic staff to teaching and learning.

"The panel was complementary of the teaching team and of the students and graduates who were very positive about their lecturers and their experience at UCOL."

"Lecturers' strong industry links were highlighted, along with their passion and commitment to their industry. The panel also noted how much they liked the year two industry projects."

"The accreditation is an outstanding achievement for UCOL. This is an advantage to graduates as their qualification not only allows eligibility to register as an Engineering Technician with IPENZ, but carries the quality assurance needed for international credibility."

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