ALHOSN University added a new feather to its cap by earning approval from the non-profit US-based Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) for its Bachelor of Science degree programs in Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Software Engineering. This marks the first time that a private university in Abu Dhabi has received ABET accreditation for its Civil Engineering program. It is also the first time that any university in the UAE has received ABET accreditation for its Industrial and Software Engineering programs.
The accreditation is the culmination of two years of hard work that began with ALHOSN’s application for accreditation for its Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE), Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE), and Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering (BSSE) undergraduate programs with ABET’s Baltimore, Maryland, USA-based Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) in 2010. ALHOSN performed program self-studies in the Spring Semester of 2011 and submitted the results in June of the same year, with an EAC team later on visiting the university in October to evaluate the application process on-site.
ALHOSN programs proved to be at an academic level satisfying ABET’s stringent institutional and program criteria. The university received official word that all three programs had been granted ABET accreditation in late August 2012, retroactive from March 15, 2012.
“It is indeed a great privilege to be the first private university in Abu Dhabi to receive this mark of excellence from ABET for Civil Engineering, and to become the first and only university in the entire country to be ABET accredited for the Industrial Engineering, and for the Software Engineering. As a federation of 31 professional and technical member societies, ABET lends a respectable voice to the fields of applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. This achievement attests to ALHOSN’s firm commitment to developing programs that meet the highest international standards,” said Professor Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO, ALHOSN University.
ABET accredits post-secondary education programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology in the US and internationally. Over 3,000 programs distributed in more than 660 colleges and universities in over 20 countries are ABET-accredited.