Engineering is the application of scientific knowledge to solving problems in the real world. While science (physics, chemistry, biology, etc.) allows us to gain an understanding of the World and the Universe, Engineering enables this understanding to come to life through problem solving, designing and building things.
Engineering is a broad field that is divided into various disciplines and sub-disciplines. The disciplines of engineering can be divided into four main categories, chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.
What is accreditation of an Engineering Degree?
Accreditation when it comes to Engineering Degrees is simply a gold star or stamp that assures the structure and content of your degree meets Industry Recognized Standards.
Accreditation of your Engineering degree is very important, because if it is not accredited you may not be able to legally work as an Engineer, not only in Sri Lanka but in most countries in the World.
The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) accredits four year and three year full time degree programmes conducted in Sri Lanka.
IESL is a signatory to the Washington Accord, an agreement between selected governing bodies around the World that provide engineering degree accreditation. Washington Accord provides assurance that your degree is then recognized by all other members in the Washington Accord. Therefore if a Sri Lankan Engineering gets IESL accreditation, then then it is also recognized by other countries such as UK, USA.
Accredited Engineering Degrees in Sri Lanka
Some Sri Lankan Engineering Degrees offered by Private Universities (Private Higher Educational Institutions) have been accredited by UGC and Ministry of Higher Education in Sri Lanka. However only some of these degrees have been accredited by The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL).
Institutes and degrees Recognized by UGC and Ministry of Education
Engineering Degrees accredited by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL)
Only some Engineering degrees offered by Private Universities have been accredited by The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL). If an Engineering degree is not accredited you may not be able to legally work as an Engineer in Sri Lanka and in many in many countries in the World.
List of Accredited Engineering Degree Programmes by IESL (Washington Accord) as at January 5, 2018
B.Eng degree programs offered by state Universities (University of Moratuwa, Peradeniya and Ruhuha) have been accredited and newly offered program by Univesity of Sri Jayewardenepura is under consideration.
B.Eng programs offered by SLIIT is being under consideration.
B.Technology degrees offered by University of Vocational Technology have been accredited only to students enrolling with NVQ entry qualifications.
It should be noted here that none of the other Private Engineering degrees in Sri Lanka have been accredited by IESL.
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How to become a Chartered Engineer in Sri Lanka?
A Chartered Engineer is an engineer who has become professionally registered with the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL). After registration you’ll be able to use the initials ‘C. Eng.’ after your name, which signifies that you have met the necessary competence and commitment standard. Check more details here.