The Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc., accredits all College of Engineering programs.
The Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc., (The USA accrediting body for applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology programs, accredited all the eight College of Engineering programs: Architectural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, and Petroleum and Natural gas Engineering.
The visit of the evaluation team composed of a Chair, Co-Chair and eight evaluators (one evaluator for every program visited the college of Engineering during the period the 10-14 November 2013. The official ABET accreditation notice of all the college programs was received in August 2014.
The college accreditation history is not new for the College of Engineering, as its programs underwent successful accreditation in 2006 for the Civil Engineering, the Electrical and Computer Engineering , the Mechanical Engineering , and the Petroleum and Natural gas Engineering programs and in 2009 for the Architectural Engineering, the Chemical Engineering, the Chemical Engineering, and Mechatronics Engineering programs. Achieving this excellence was made possible by the highly committed College administration, faculty and technical staff, modern laboratories, competitive learning environment, and persistent support of University.
The College of Engineering has firmly stamped the quality and authentication of all engineering programs offered by successfully securing the ABET accreditation during the second cycle. The thorough vetting of programs’ curriculum, its delivery, outcome and achievement of program educational objectives by ABET team during the second cycle is much tougher than first cycle and has proven the quality of all engineering programs offered by the college. The goal of all engineering programs offered by the College is to maintain an internationally acceptable standard, which will allow our graduates to compete at international levels in terms of job requirements, research challenges, and developing innovative solutions. Over the years, the programs have gained maturity and achieved excellence, which became obvious when it received full accreditation from ABET.
The accreditation process required the college to continually review and update its programs following a well-designed quality assurance process. It requires that the program curriculum be current and have high standards, include all of the essential elements, and maintain a competitive edge, so graduates can find employment compatible with their abilities and the demands of industry. Accredited programs attract the services of high caliber faculty members to the higher education institutions. The level and quality of teaching and learning in the program will also be raised considerably. In addition, accreditation can serve as a tool to justify and obtain greater program support from the university administration and government. Among other important benefits, accreditation guarantees the acceptability of the student's undergraduate education as a basis for advanced study such as in post-graduate studies abroad. In addition to allowing the college to develop and maintain a good relationship with industry, accreditation is very valuable in the area of recruiting student into industry after graduation. For the benefit of all the society, he believe all engineering colleges in Oman should be encouraged to get accreditation of their programs.