“Pakistan” has been declared as “Full Signatory” of the Washington Accord. A highest prestigious international forum of International Engineering Alliance, in its General Assembly Meeting held in USA on 21st June 2017.
PEC was representing the country to attain full signatory status of WA since 2010.Washington Accord is a highly rigorous global standard on engineering education and accreditation system which grants substantial equivalence of degrees; means international recognition to equate at par with top leading signatory countries of the world. To give benefit to across border mobility of engineers.
The process of accreditation of an applicant country is to check its quality of engineering education and competency of engineers. It is judged through representative of reviews by at least 3 to 5 signatory countries. It is their set criteria to observe implementation of Outcome-based education system in the applicant economy. Pakistan gone through all these reviews. Final review by 3 signatories namely New Zealand, UK, and South Korea was taken place in last year. Review report was on agenda of the meeting held in June 2017 of WA/ IEA at Anchorage USA. Where PEC defended the case for Pakistan in different meetings of WA/IEA and finally declared as full signatory unanimously. The decision was taken by the signatories in a close session.
It is pertinent to note that admission into WA is so rigorous that only 18 countries has got this status in last 25 years. Pakistan enter into signatory status as 19th country and 3rd Islamic country after Malaysia & Turkey. Certainly it has been a great achievement and honor for the nation, particularly the engineering profession and universities accredited by PEC under WA status. Engineers registered with PEC under this category of HEIs will be considered at par as world class competent professionals and will not be evaluated for any emigrational assessment for their degrees and will be eligible for professional jobs outside in developed countries. Also Engineering Consultant Companies working abroad may hire local Engr’s registered with PEC. This achievement has not been possible without the support of task force comprising of senior professionals