The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (full-time) programme, offered by the University of Macau’s (UM) Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), has received full accreditation from the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). Earlier this year, three other bachelor’s degree programmes in engineering offered by the FST, namely Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Electromechanical Engineering, also received full accreditation from the HKIE.
UM received accreditation from the HKIE for its Bachelor of Science in Computer Science programme for the first time in 2013, and full accreditation in 2016. Students starting this programme between the 2011/2012 academic year and the 2018/2019 academic year will be eligible to apply for HKIE membership upon graduation to receive professional qualifications recognised worldwide.
To better understand the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (full-time) programme, the HKIE accreditation team and representatives of the Macau Institution of Engineers in 2015 met with UM’s rector, vice rectors, the dean and all the faculty members of the FST, FST advisory board members, departmental advisors, and representatives of alumni and students. After the meeting, the accreditation team noted that UM has outstanding faculty, a solid academic foundation, and extensive resources to provide quality education to students from the programme.
The HKIE is the only statutory qualifying body for engineers in Hong Kong. It is responsible for setting and maintaining professional and technical standards and undertakes professional accreditation to evaluate the quality of computer science degree programmes. The HKIE is a signatory of the Seoul Accord, which recognises substantial equivalence in the accreditation of academic qualifications in computing and information and communication technology (ICT)-related education. Computer science programmes accredited by the HKIE are recognised by all the signatories to the Seoul Accord.